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An unexpected encounter in Lake Woodruff National Park, Florida, captured a dramatic confrontation between an otter and an alligator. Contrary to popular belief, it was the crocodile that was defeated and eaten by the otter.

In this unusual fight, the otter easily cornered the alligator into a tree, then pinned it down and bit its back. Despite their similar size, the alligator had absolutely no chance to fight back.

In another video from the Amazon, an otter casually entered the territory of caiman crocodiles. Not only did it show no fear, but it also lounged carefree next to the cold-blooded predators, which did not react and even tried to avoid it.

Numerous videos have documented giant otters in the South American jungle attacking caiman crocodiles. In 2019, on the banks of the São Lourenço River near the Brazilian jaguar research station, Ailton Lara, the director of Pantanal Nature, witnessed a jaguar fleeing in fear from a herd of otters. It’s hard to imagine, but an animal with a seemingly cute face like an otter can frighten even the fearsome jaguars of the Amazon forest.

In the swamps of South America, caiman crocodiles are known as the apex predators. The caiman alligator and the American alligator are the two largest species of the Alligatoridae family still existing today. Caiman crocodiles live mainly in wetland habitats throughout Central and South America.

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Caiman crocodiles have a large body, a flat head with a slightly flattened nose, and a long tail running along the body. They have strong jaws and sharp teeth, enabling them to tear their prey easily.

Despite their hunting prowess in swamps, caiman crocodiles cannot withstand the giant South American otters.

Giant otters live in the north-central part of South America, mainly along the Amazon River and the Pantanal region. They have the longest body length of all weasel species, although sea otters can be heavier. Males are 1.5-1.8 meters long, while females are about 1.5-1.7 meters. The strong muscular tail of this species can be up to 70 cm across the entire body length. However, there have been reports of exceptionally large males with lengths of up to 2.4 meters. Male giant otters can weigh between 32 to 45.3 kg, and females between 22 to 26 kg.

Giant otters are excellent swimmers and divers, thanks to their webbed feet and flattened tails. They can swim at a speed of 14 km/h and cover a distance of 100 meters in just 30 seconds. Giant otters spend most of their time in the water, catching and eating fish. They require a large amount of food, usually from 2.7 kg to 4 kg per day. In addition to fish, their diet includes pythons, crocodiles, crustaceans, and other sea creatures.

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Giant otters have excellent eyesight for hunting. They also use their antennae to detect prey in the water by sensing changes in water pressure and currents.

Contrary to their friendly appearance, giant otters are also known as the “river wolves” due to their formidable fighting ability in the water. They often hunt in groups and are not afraid of any fearsome predators, whether crocodiles or giant pythons.

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Otters have sharp teeth and long claws and are very intelligent, able to observe and strike their opponent’s weak points. Each giant otter hunt is fast and precise, usually within minutes. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that otters are natural enemies of crocodiles.

Giant otters usually live in groups of 3 to 10. They mate year-round but mainly breed in the dry season. Females are pregnant for 64 – 72 days and give birth to 1 – 6 pups per litter. For the first month, baby otters live only in underground burrows, and all colony members care for them together.

Two to three weeks after giving birth, the mother otter will put the baby otters into the water to learn to swim. After 1-2 months, the otters can swim and hunt with the whole school. Young otters stay with the school until they reach sexual maturity at 2.5 years of age.

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