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River Otter Weathervane

River Otter Weather Vane (Lontra canadensis) on Bank


The River Otter Weather Vane, Lutra canadensis, shown in this drawing would be constructed as a copper River Otter on a brass river bank. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed.

We created this design for a customer who was deciding between a River Otter Weathervane and a Beaver Weathervane. They ultimately went with the beaver design but we all liked this alert River Otter design so much, we decided to showcase it here in case anyone else liked it too. It should look quite spectacular once the copper weathers a deep chocolate brown.

If you choose to order this weathervane, you would actually get the #1 in a limited edition series of fifty. Most of our customers pay a design fee for us to create a new design for them, but in this instance the prime #1 of the series is available.

The North American River Otter, also known as the northern river otter or the common otter, is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to the North American continent found in and along its waterways and coasts. An adult river otter can weigh between 5.0 and 14 kg (11 and 31 lb). The river otter is protected and insulated by a thick, water-repellent coat of fur.

A member of the weasel family, the river otter is equally versatile in the water and on land. It establishes a burrow close to the water’s edge in river, lake, swamp, coastal shoreline, tidal flat, or estuary ecosystems. It’s den typically has many tunnel openings, one of which generally allows the otter to enter and exit the body of water. Female otters give birth in these underground burrows, producing litters of one to six young.