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If You Thought Otters Were Just Cute And Cuddly Lil River Buddies, These Photos Will Make You Reconsider

A scientific investigation.

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Otters: They're just sooooo cute, right?

What's not to love about them? They're like little furry river dogs.
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What's not to love about them? They're like little furry river dogs.

I mean, just look at their wittle whiskery faces!

D'awwww.
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D'awwww.

And their paws! I can't with their itty-bitty paws!

So teeny.
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So teeny.

For chrissake, were you aware that they HOLD. HANDS. when they're floating downstream??

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**sobs** They just love each other.

So, to recap: All otters are just snuggly bundles of joy, right?

RIGHT?
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RIGHT?

NOPE MY FRIENDS WE ARE WRONG AF.

WHAT IS THAT?????
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WHAT IS THAT?????

**This** is the giant river otter: the carnivorous, 75-pound older cousin of those cutesy lil' aquatic buddies we're used to.

Giant otters can grow to be up to SIX. FEET. LONG.
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Giant otters can grow to be up to SIX. FEET. LONG.

And they are some GODDAMN BLOODTHIRSTY RIVER TERRORS.

RT if seeing this on your friendly neighborhood riverbank would make you scream.
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RT if seeing this on your friendly neighborhood riverbank would make you scream.

LOOK AT THESE TEETH.

1000% will snatch you right up.
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1000% will snatch you right up.

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.

NOT CUDDLY AT ALL.
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NOT CUDDLY AT ALL.

Like is ANYONE also uncomfy with how muscular they are???

It's actually upsetting.
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It's actually upsetting.

SERIOUSLY, WHY ARE THEY LIKE THIS???

**Never going near a river again**
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**Never going near a river again**

I'm scarred. Before all this, if you'd told me to picture an otter...

Something like these small-clawed otter guys would pop in my head.
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Something like these small-clawed otter guys would pop in my head.

I'd think about how cute they are, eating their lil' fishies.

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Just living out their idyllic aquatic lifestyles, you know?

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IT WOULD BE A NICE THING TO PICTURE IN MY HEAD.

But now instead...
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But now instead...

I ONLY SEE THESE MONSTERS...

And can't unsee them ever again.
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And can't unsee them ever again.

This post was translated from Japanese.

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