Watch: Shocking footage captures the moment the Arthur’s Seat otter catches a pigeon

This extraordinary footage was caught by Edinburgh resident Erica Linklater-McLennan.

By Rachel Mackie
Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 5:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 5:47 pm
Credit: Erica Linklater-McLennan.
Credit: Erica Linklater-McLennan.

Edinburgh’s famous Arthur’s Seat otter has been captured by a keen photographer grabbing a pigeon in its mouth before scurrying into the undergrowth with the bloodied bird in its jaws.

The video was taken at Dunsapie Loch on Arthur’s Seat where the otters have been drawing quite the crowd of nature lovers and photographers.

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Capital resident Erica Linklater-McLennan, who captured the rare moment, told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I think the otter must be getting used to people.

“I watched it swim across, and I thought how great it would be if it came on to the land in front of me, then, all of a sudden it jumped up, and snatched.

“I thought it was a fish at first, I was genuinely shocked.

“I didn’t even know they ate pigeons.”

“I was looking around saying ‘is anyone else seeing this?’”

Erica grew up in Orkney and was reminded of words her uncle used to say to her as a child.

She laughed: “I was thinking, I hope it stays away from my legs, because my uncle used to say, stay away from the waterfront or the otter will break your legs.

“It was a good way to keep children away from the water!”

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