A river otter stands up after a go on the waterslide at Ichikawa Zoological and Botanical Garden in Ichikawa, east of Tokyo. Photo: AP

A lot of otters seized in searches as the critters are caught up in Japan’s ‘culture of cuteness’

Pet cafes, celebrities and the media are being blamed for the rising popularity of the ‘vulnerable’ animals, which are smuggled in from Southeast Asia

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A river otter stands up after a go on the waterslide at Ichikawa Zoological and Botanical Garden in Ichikawa, east of Tokyo. Photo: AP
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