The juggling otter

Reader Kieran sent this video, and by the time you see it I’ll have gone home, for Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) has a tummy ache. Enjoy the Juggling Otter (Amblonyx cinerea), whose YouTube video says this:

The Otter at Dudley Zoo enjoys his pebble juggling while waiting for his feeding time.  Oriental small clawed otter [sic] are the smallest of the world’s 13 species. They are members of the weasel family. They are now back to their previous numbers in many areas in the UK.

12 Comments

  1. Bonzodog
    Posted August 30, 2016 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    A clarification is needed. Lutra lutra is the Eurasian otter and it is that species that has made a recovery in the UK.

  2. Posted August 30, 2016 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    The ability to play and amuse oneself is a sign of intelligence and sentience, not just raw instinct. Thank you for this. Amazing

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted August 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    You’d think he otter drop those rocks…

    • rickflick
      Posted August 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

      He tried to weasel out of the performance but the onlookers insisted.

      • Mark Sturtevant
        Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        Well, he Mustelid keep juggling those rocks, or else he shan’t have any pudding! How can he have any pudding if he don’t juggle those rocks?!

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted August 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

          Just another rock in the wall…

          cr

      • Jonathan Wallace
        Posted August 31, 2016 at 6:27 am | Permalink

        He’s stoatally dedicated to juggling!

  4. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted August 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I have seen several clips recently of otters juggling stones like this. It seems that it is quite a widespread behaviour.

  5. Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Ok, you got me. I was skeptical of watching a juggling otter video but I liked it so much I shared it with several friends.

    Carl Kruse

  6. Les
    Posted August 30, 2016 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Otters use rocks to break open Abalone shells. Could this be related?

  7. frednotfaith2
    Posted August 30, 2016 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Watching the otter at play just puts a big smile on my face.

  8. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 30, 2016 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Yet more otter juggling at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RwmtrjeInc#t=83

    cr


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