I’ve been very worried about a baby otter who took up residence in our pond. We had it dug a few months ago and did not stock it with fish because ponds have to go through a long period of balancing before they can be stocked. I read that many otters die of starvation because they eat everything in a body of water and leave nothing for tomorrow. I knew we had frogs, but was sure there was nothing else to feed him.
Imagine my surprise when the local woodswoman told me that birds drop fish eggs from their bodies and some of them land in the ponds and lakes. There were minnows already in the pond when the otter showed up. Minnows aren’t much, but they’re better than nothing. I’ve often come on crawfish in sewerpipes and always wondered how they ended up there. I still don’t believe it’s enough for the little fellow. I still have to decide whether or not to augment his diet or let him live a normal, but dangerous life in the wild.