Baby otter reunited with family

Of course we’ll close the day with a heartwarmer—a video sent by reader Su.  It tells the tale of a baby otter who became separated from its group. After some rearing—it took twenty people to effect the whole operation—it was brought back to good nick and released into the care of its previous group.

This all took place in Singapore, a place I hope to visit this fall.

If after seeing this you don’t have some restoration of your faith in humanity, you’re made of stone.



  1. mordacious1
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    They looked very happy to have him back, so he otter be fine.

    Sure were a lot of plastic water bottles strewn along the shore…

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      Oh, he is fine, the family did clam bake everything.

      That strand had seen a lot of litters, for a shore.

    • Merilee
      Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, they otter clean up all that plastic!

  2. GBJames
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    That’s great, except for the awful clutter of trash all over!

    • Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, as I was watching I was almost too distracted by all the trash to really enjoy the otters. Based on the comments so far, I clearly was not the only one.

  3. keith cook + / -
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Cool Otter family, yes what a happy ending..

    and plastic junk!

  4. Claudia Baker
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, please pick up some garbage while you are there! Yuck, what a mess along that shoreline. What is wrong with humans? It was hard for me to watch this beautiful otter family have to maneuver the man-made junk on the beautiful beach.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      What is wrong with humans?

      They often have a belief (without evidence) in the existance of a place called “away”. As in “throw it away.”
      Newton showed that without supplying substantial energy, “away” is “somewhere on this planet”.

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

        As opposed to “come from away”, the Newfoundlander’s term for anybody not born there.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

          Newfies are strange. Generally nice, but strange.

          • Claudia Baker
            Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

            Yup, they are. Generally welcoming, but you’re a CFA no matter how hard you try to fit in!

          • GBJames
            Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm | Permalink


            Now, I’m going to ask my daughter for a taste of that Screech she’s got… 😉

            • Claudia Baker
              Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

              No disrespect meant, but it’s horrible stuff. At least I think so…Kissing the cod was kinda fun though.

              • GBJames
                Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

                No disrespect taken. 😉 It isn’t anywhere near as bad as I expected. But I say that as someone who avoided rum completely for five decades after an unfortunate experience in Madrid in high school. I still prefer a nice dream of Scotch, but the fact that I can have a spot of Screech and not relive my bad rum night says, at least, something!

  5. Posted May 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Lovely video.

  6. Anne-Marie Cournoyer
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I have mixed feelings:all the efforts for this réunion deserve a big bravo. But could somebody do something with all that dangerous plastic junk?! Clearly a job for SuperJerry! Weitpower!!

    • Chewy
      Posted May 23, 2016 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      the ultra-cute and the grotesque human detritus side-by-side. Jarred my notion about Singapore being hyper neat, managed, controlled, clean, spit and die, etc.

  7. normw
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    A wonderful story, and I too am amazed at all the litter. You will be hard pressed to find a cleaner city anywhere. Heavy fines for littering etc.Jerry, if you go go business class with Singapore Air.

  8. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    This ended very well! I was worried that mama had stopped lactating in the meanwhile, but she had a couple other spare pups, and so there was no danger of that.

  9. Posted May 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Not only restored my faith in humanity, but gave me a new found faith in otterhood.

  10. Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing Jerry. Joining everyone else cheering for the pup and his otter family.

    – Carl Kruse

  11. Steven Hill
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    If you are planning to come to Singapore, you should know you have at least one regular reader who wouldn’t mind having his copies of WEIT, FvF and Speciation autographed. (I shamefully admit that I have not read the latter.) Any other SG residents reading this, let’s try to give PCC a good welcome.

    • Posted May 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. It’s not 100% sure I’ll come, as plans are still gelling, but I hope to, and will give a talk to the local skeptic/humanist/atheist group. I’ll certainly announce it if I go, and of course will be glad to sign books.

      • Steven Hill
        Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

        Hope you can make it. We have some fabulous noms here.

      • philfinn7
        Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

        And as another Singapore resident, allow me to second that welcome. Really hope you can make it Jerry. As for the mess, it is true that Singapore’s reputation for cleanliness is a bit over-rated. Tourist spots, sure, but do not look too closely elsewhere.

      • Posted May 25, 2016 at 1:13 am | Permalink

        Yes!! I do so hope you will come! 🙂

    • Posted May 24, 2016 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      I thoroughly loved Singapore (didn’t think I would).

      Eat, eat, eat. The street stands are the best Asian food I’ve had. And you can get just about any flavor of Asian food, the seafood is fresh and abundant, and you can eat and drink everything! (I happen to like that cleanliness reputation Singapore has!)

      I am looking forward to the food photos! 🙂

  12. Hempenstein
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Heart duly warmed!

  13. Chris G
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    Very heart-warming story.
    Reminds me of a related joke, for those that know of the novel ‘Tarka The Otter’ (by Henry Williamson, 1927).
    Man in a curry restaurant placing his order, asks the waiter for a Chicken Tarka. The waiter informs sir they have that dish, he’s not heard of it before. “Oh” said the man, “It’s similar to Chicken Tikka, but a little otter!”
    As Jerry would say: I’ll be here all week folks,
    Chris G.

  14. Posted May 24, 2016 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    It’s good to be back… lovely post!

  15. Posted May 24, 2016 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on oddrops and commented:
    This is just one big aaah…

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