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Sophie and the story-time van won FIRST PRIZE in the White Salmon Spring Festival parade, held in June 2011. Congratulations, Sophie!
Welcome to Sophie's page!
Sophie is a North American river otter. She's also a member of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District team. Sophie is excited about all the wonderful books, story times, and other things she finds in the library. Watch for Sophie, she'll be making a visit to a library near you.
Send an Email to Sophie
Sophie's friends at the library will help her answer email from her fans. Write to her at SophieOtter@fvrl.org and be sure to put “Sophie” in the subject line.
Sophie strikes a pose with her creators, Marty Richmond and master puppeteer Steve Overton of Olde World Puppet Theatre.
The library's mascot program is made possible by the generous support of the FVRL Foundation
River Otter Facts
Thick, compact fur helps keep river otters insulated as they swim, even in very cold water.
River otters live in burrows along riverbanks. They usually take over abandoned dens made by other animals such as beavers.
A river otter's tail is about one-third the animal's total length.
Female river otters give birth in the spring. Baby otters are born blind and stay in the den until they are about one month old. When they are several months old their mother coaxes them into the water and they learn to swim.
The North American River Otter is found throughout most of the United States (except Hawaii) and Canada.
The main threats to river otters are water pollution and habitat destruction.