The Otters’ Tale (2020)

The Otters’ Tale Simon Cooper The Otters Tale Otters hold an almost unique place in the animal kingdom of the British Isles being one of the very few creatures that give birth once every two years They are the most secretive yet also the most po
  • Title: The Otters’ Tale
  • Author: Simon Cooper
  • ISBN: 9780008189716
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
The Otters’ Tale Simon Cooper Otters hold an almost unique place in the animal kingdom of the British Isles, being one of the very few creatures that give birth once every two years They are the most secretive yet also the most popular mammals they are found in every county but are so rarely seen that they have been raised to mythical status.When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill that straOtters hold an almost unique place in the animal kingdom of the British Isles, being one of the very few creatures that give birth once every two years They are the most secretive yet also the most popular mammals they are found in every county but are so rarely seen that they have been raised to mythical status.When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill that straddles a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters Yet move in they did, allowing him to begin to observe them, soon immersing himself in their daily routines and movements He developed an extraordinary close relationship with the family, which in turn gave him a unique insight into the life of these fascinating creatures.Cooper interweaves the personal story of the female otter, Kuschta, with the natural history of the otter in the British Isles, only recently brought back from the brink of extinction through tireless conservation efforts Following in the footsteps of Henry Williamson s classic 1920s tale Tarka the Otter, readers are taken on a journey through the calendar year, learning the most intimate detail of this most beautiful of British mammals Cooper brings these beloved animals to life in all their wondrous complexity, revealing the previously hidden secrets of their lives in this beautifully told tale of the otter.
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  1. Rebecca Foster

    3.5 I knew going in that this could never live up to Otter Country by Miriam Darlington, but whereas her book is a mix of travel, science and dialogue with literary forebears like Henry Williamson, here Cooper is going for a narrative of two years in the life cycle of one female otter he came to know through his observations while living in an old Hampshire water mill and running a trout fishing operation.The clue is right there in the title, of course this is a tale, so if you have a problem wi [...]

  2. Paul

    Otters are one of our apex predators in the UK, but after the Second World War, they almost went extinct due to environmental and other pressures That they have slowly clawed their way back as the rivers and streams that they live in became less polluted The fact that they now they can be found in every county in the land is a conservation success and should be applauded They are almost mythical though, they are seldom glimpsed, even when going looking for them, you may only hear a splash You wi [...]

  3. Jason

    What a wonderful blend of non fiction and story telling Simon Cooper for some mad reason loves Otters, even though they rob him of fish on a nightly basis, they are such beautiful creatures they have found a place in his heart.I ve never seen an Otter in the wild before, but thanks to this book, for my next walk along a river I shall have a list of signs to look out for The book is full of interesting facts about Otters, their food and the landscape they live in, at times Simon repeats a fact to [...]

  4. Charlene

    I would have to say that this book is basically historical fiction that involved otters instead of people In order to relay an incredible amount of information about otters, Cooper followed one otter s life from the time it was a tiny little thing who realized its mother was not at the den and it had to make its way through a challenging life on its own Everything you could ever want to know about otters.

  5. Foggygirl

    A fascinating and refreshingly unsentimental look at this little known and observed creature When you think apex predators you naturally think lions, tigers and sharks not otters but these animals are the apex in the river system and they rule it with an iron paw, webbed toes and all.

  6. Trout Fisherman

    Only the fact that fishing is purely incidental in The Otters Tale, stops me from giving it coverage.Simon Cooper, who brought the Fly Fishing Film Tour to British shores has penned this hugely informative account of an otter s life cycle, thanks to the grounds and waters of his home in Hampshire having been adopted by several members of the species.Clearly engrossed by the animal, he has turned prodigious research into a narrative surrounding Kuschta, the name he gives to a female otter, and h [...]

  7. Barbara

    An extremely readable account of a female otter and the conception and rearing of her first litter, with lots of additional information on otter ranges, both male and female, and on otter populations throughout Britain.

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