Wildlife photography of a mother Northern River Otter sleeping on a log with her baby

A Northern River Otter mother takes a well-deserved break, napping blissfully on a floating log, while her ever-active baby keeps watch on top of her. These gregarious creatures breed in the water in late winter, and birth one to three pups sometime in April. At birth, they are blind and helpless. They don’t learn to swim till they are about eight weeks old, and they stay with their mother until the next litter is born.