What would you do if you came face to face with a huge croc? Stand your ground, or head for the hills? Most of us humans would probably choose the latter option, but some otters, who are less than one-quarter of our size, will actually stand firm and fight off the croc. Recently, a wildlife photographer captured just that on video.
In the video at the end of this article, a family of otters can be seen bobbing in and out of the water, almost like they are taunting the crocodile.
Crocs have extremely powerful jaws that could kill an otter with one bite, but otters are very agile, and the ones in the video easily stay clear of the croc's mouth.
These are smooth-coated otters, which are about 25 inches in length (without their tails) and weigh between 15 and 24 pounds. They don't let their size hold them back from a fight.
Their opponent also has a disadvantage — he doesn't have a tail. The locals have nicknamed this particular croc: Tailless.
Believe it or not, otters are highly territorial. They may look cute and cuddly, but they will become extremely aggressive toward predators that try to encroach on their turf. If the croc takes up residence here, it may try to prey on the otters, or compete with them for other prey. To avoid those problems, the otters take a proactive approach and chase the croc out.
Otters can deliver nasty bites that could leave a crocodile in a lot of pain, so the croc in this video decides it's better to back off.
Otters don't always win in clashes like this, but this time the furry critters emerged victorious.
It's unclear how Tailless lost his appendage. It could have been bitten off by another crocodile, perhaps when he was younger and smaller. He seems to have done pretty well without a tail, but he just couldn't hold up against these feisty otters.
Watch the full video of these smooth-coated otters taking on a crocodile below: