Two Tons of Snow Gives White White Appeal to Otters at San Francisco Aquarium

Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco is kicking off the holiday festivities with "River Otter Snow Days." The aquarium will add nearly two tons of snow to its river otter habitat. which include otters Shasta, Baxter, and Ryer.

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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
River otters are well-equipped to handle colder weather. (Dec. 7, 2016)
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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
Otters have over 58,000 hairs per square centimeter on their body that helps keep them dry and warm. (Dec. 7, 2016)
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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
They have two layers of fun; the outer layer is longer and helps repel water, while the inner layer is finer and denser and helps provide insulation. (Dec. 7, 2016)
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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
River otters love to play in the snow and on icy and muddy hills, where they can often be seen sliding and tobogganing, wrestling and chasing one another. (Dec. 7, 2016)
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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
Snow is a great form of seasonal enrichment for Shasta, Baxter, and Ryer – Aquarium of the Bay’s three resident river otters.
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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
Throughout the year, Aquarium of the Bay biologists introduce various natural items – like hay, sand, dirt, and plants – to the river otter habitat to entertain the otters and keep them stimulated, both mentally and physically (Dec. 7, 2016)
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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
Snow is a great form of seasonal enrichment for Shasta, Baxter, and Ryer, and it gives them a special chance to play, eat, and dig in this exciting addition of winter white. (Dec. 7, 2016)
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Mallory Johnson (Aquarium of the Bay)
Aquarium of the Bay is kicking off the holiday festivities with River Otter Snow Days. (Dec. 7, 2016)
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