NCERT English Class 10 Chapter 27 Mijbil the Otter CBSE Board Sample Problems Long Answer

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What are various characteristics of an otter?


  • Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines, shared by the badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others.

  • Maxwell’s otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or Maxwell’s otter.

  • They are found in large numbers ¡n marshes.

  • They are often tamed by the Arabs.

  • It is characteristic of otters that every drop of water must be extended and spread about the place; a bowl must at once be overturned, or, if it would not be overturned, be sat in and splashed in until it overflowed.

  • For them, water must be kept on the move. Otters love playing various games, especially with a ball.


What things does Mij do which tell you that he is an intelligent, friendly and fun-loving animal who needs love?


  • Mij was an intelligent animal. It invented its own game out of the Ping-Pong balls.

  • It screwed the tap till water began to flow and then it would play and splash in the water.

  • Though it was aloof and indifferent in the beginning, it soon became very friendly.

  • It formed a special attachment with Maxwell.

  • It responded when Maxwell called out his name. It grew desperate when Maxwell left it in a box and it got hurt while trying to come out of it. After Maxwell took it out, it clung to his feet.

  • It was a fun-loving animal.

  • It enjoyed playing all kinds of games.

  • It would play with a selection of toys, Ping-Pong balls, marbles, rubber fruit, and a terrapin shell.

  • It required love and affection from Maxwell and it got that readily.