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A WikiOtter being friendly to another
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Lutra
L. wikilutra
Binomial name
Lutra wikilutra
Barkjon, 2008

WikiOtters are elusive creatures whose chief characteristic is a willingness to help other users out by editing or simply being friendly. Although the WikiOtter is a benevolent type of WikiFauna, it is a member of the weasel family and will readily challenge much more "important" editors. For example, they are fierce fighters against anyone who picks on a newcomer. WikiOtters also have a tendency to lighten the encyclopedia with harmless play, humor, and a total respect for WP:Ignore all rules.


 This user wants a WikiOtter.

The WikiOtter has been most recently evaluated using the IUCN 3.1 guidelines as extinct in the wild, based on a recent survey performed by the Department of Fun. The last WikiOtter was believed to have died in 2012, until three new specimens were spotted and tagged in 2013. In recent years, the Department of Fun has made an effort to stimulate the wild population of WikiOtters by promoting overall awareness of them. The "This User Wants a WikiOtter" campaign, which makes use of {{User wikipedia/wantOtter}} signs, proved for a short time to be a successful one for promoting the needed awareness. A wildlife reservation has been set up in the last few years for the primary purpose of preserving the WikiOtter and another critically endangered species, the WikiDragon. Due to the low production rate of WikiOtters, and possibly due to the low interest rate of people wanting to have a WikiOtter, its numbers have been dwindling since 2015. Currently, it is near the brink of extinction.

WikiOtters as petsEdit

 This user has a WikiOtter.

A WikiOtter license is required for legal possession of WikiOtters. One may apply for such a license by filling out a copy of the {{User wikipedia/Otter}} form. A completed form is shown to the left. Recently however, not many would like to apply for ownership, one of the causes of the species becoming extinct.


 This user is a WikiOtter.

Because WikiOtters tend to look strikingly similar to other members of the Lutra genus, perhaps the best way to identify a WikiOtter is by looking for the {{User wikipedia/isOtter}} tag shown here. Another popular tag (no image available) is the {{Wikipedia:WikiOtter/topicon}} tag. This tag is smaller but is somehow easier to spot at a distance. WikiOtter tagging has become a common method for tracking the species as conservationists attempt to bring back the species. As of January 18th, 2017, there are only 42 known specimens of the species.

See alsoEdit

  • Wikipedia:Teahouse – a place where WikiOtters can sometimes be found helping new editors