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Animal showing excessive hesitation (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

otter

Here is my best explanation:

'animal' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'excessive hesitation' is the subsidiary indication.

'excessive' becomes 'ott' (short for 'over the top' - informal British).

'hesitation' becomes 'er'.

'ott'+'er'='otter'

'showing' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for otter that I've seen before include "A river mammal", "Web-footed mammal", "Fish-eating mammal", "Something furry", "Freshwater brown carnivore", "Playful aquatic animal of 'Tarka' fame", "carnivore is concerned", "Fur possibly", "Semi-aquatic mammal" and "fish-eater displayed".)

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