Ku-chan watch

Our faithful readers may recall the Japanese otter Ku-chan who was given special residency status in Hokkaido last spring. Well our Japanese media darling is back in the news.

Apparently the otter has found some friends, probably from the Kuril Islands just north-east of Hokkaido. Four otters have been spotted hanging around the rocks in the cape.

The Japanese seem pleased to see the otters–one gentleman in the article even speculated that this could fortell the return of the Northern Territories to Japan. That seems an optimistic reading of the scenario, but it’s always nice to see sea otters expanding nonetheless.

Read the article in the Mainichi News (in English): Sea otter Ku-chan and friends take up station in Hokkaido Cove .

About Allison

I am the new Executive Director of The Otter Project in Monterey, California! Originally from the Bay Area, I went to school in San Diego, and came back north to Monterey for graduate school, where I found my calling: saving sea otters! Working for The Otter Project combines my passion for environmental policy with my love of animals. When not advocating for sea otters, I enjoy yoga, volunteer wildlife rehab, reading, and spending time with my cat Alyssa, who, for the record, I did not name. I have been with The Otter Project since November of 2007.
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