This Asian small clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus) is one of the newest arrivals to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. Thanks to a tip from a concerned member of the public via our Wildlife Crime Hotline Facebook page, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) were able to rescue this otter from the wildlife trade. The little otter was being kept in a small wire cage at a restaurant in Ratanakiri Province. Asian small clawed otters are globally threatened with extinction and their population in Cambodia is very small and shrinking due to habitat loss and their use in the wildlife trade. This new arrival was very stressed due to the conditions he had been kept in and is exhibiting some stereotypic stress behaviors. He will require an extra dose of TLC from his caretakers, a task we’re sure won’t be skipped given his cuteness as the smallest species of otter in the world!
Our forest rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals in one of Southeast Asia’s last great rainforests.
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