There was once a time that European otters were wiped out entirely in the Netherlands, driven to extinction from water pollution, traffic accidents, and human expansion into their freshwater habitat. Since 2002, when around 30 otters were reintroduced into the country, the species has been struggling to grow its population.
After several worrisome months without a sighting of an otter in the town of Nieuwkoop, biologists there recently made a heartening discovery - one which suggests that the rare otters are not only still present, but that they seem to be having a good time, too. A wildlife cam captured footage of an otter appearing to be healthy and happy, spending several moments horsing around with a feather.
Park ranger John Pietersen calls it "the most endearing side-show."