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August 12, 2010 8:07 PM   Subscribe

It's an otter playing with a rock!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts (84 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
You think this is something, wait until you see the samurai bear.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 8:12 PM on August 12, 2010


He shouldn't otter do that!

(And maybe you shouldn't otter post this)
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:13 PM on August 12, 2010


Yay cute animal filter.
posted by msbutah at 8:13 PM on August 12, 2010


I love watching animals play!
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:15 PM on August 12, 2010


That otter contact juggles better than some of my circus-y friends.
posted by hopeless romantique at 8:16 PM on August 12, 2010


Well, that otter is pretty damn good at juggling that rock.
posted by cmoj at 8:17 PM on August 12, 2010


Was supposed to go to work tomorrow, but can't anymore because I have died from a cuteness overdose.
posted by contessa at 8:19 PM on August 12, 2010


I started getting unnerved at about 1:34, after the camera spins back and the otter is holding the rock very still in his little otter paw and is just staring at the camera. That otter looks like he's getting ideas.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:22 PM on August 12, 2010 [10 favorites]


That otter was totally playing with that rock.
posted by Evernix at 8:28 PM on August 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


I can do that.
posted by sharpener at 8:31 PM on August 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm glad that little guy is having fun.
posted by marxchivist at 8:36 PM on August 12, 2010


There must be someone, somewhere who will trade me just one otter for my three cats.
posted by The Potate at 8:38 PM on August 12, 2010


Superman XVII: The Otter Limits

Lex Luthor trains an elite team of Navy Otters to carry chips of Kryptonite into the Man of Steel's Fortress of Solitude.
posted by Babblesort at 8:41 PM on August 12, 2010


I didn't know otters chirped like that! Yay!
posted by brenton at 8:42 PM on August 12, 2010


My dog is LICKING MY LEG AS I TYPE THIS
posted by Camofrog at 8:45 PM on August 12, 2010 [5 favorites]


aforementioned samurai bear
posted by bewilderbeast at 8:48 PM on August 12, 2010


Rocks. How the fuck do they work?
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:49 PM on August 12, 2010 [7 favorites]


At one point he is clearly thinking "If I had thumbs, I would throw this at you."
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:56 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cannot watch video. Netbook does not Flashplayer. But, I sound out to my ottery bretheren with a high-pitched barbaric yawp. Thank you.
posted by The otter lady at 8:58 PM on August 12, 2010


That otter played the heck out of that rock I tell you what.
posted by rtha at 9:03 PM on August 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


Otterly adorable. Elsewhere on YT: Otters holding hands.

Australia really needs to get some otters.
posted by Georgina at 9:05 PM on August 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


"Nothing looks funnier than an otter having a good time, unless it’s a sea otter, which looks even more cherubic." - Kenneth Rexroth
posted by Roachbeard at 9:05 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Otters are awesome. That is all.
posted by dnash at 9:07 PM on August 12, 2010


GODDAMMIT WHY WON'T THIS OYSTER OPEN
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:11 PM on August 12, 2010 [36 favorites]


Well, let's see what kind of bullshit we have he--OMG SQUEEEEEEEEE!

*swoon*
posted by brundlefly at 9:11 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


And there they saw a rock
It wasn't just a rock
It was a rock otter!
posted by iamkimiam at 9:13 PM on August 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


all I got from the video's human voices

"Numma nauh numma nah ha?"

"Numma ha"

"Numma hu Otter numma Rocka? Awwwww"

sums up my reaction to to the video.
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 PM on August 12, 2010


You see an otter. It's holding a rock that it thinks is an oyster. He can't open the rock. He'll never be able to open it. He looks at you, as if he's appealing for help. But you won't help him. Why won't you help him?
posted by empath at 9:13 PM on August 12, 2010 [47 favorites]


Otters rock!
posted by bonefish at 9:25 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cannot watch video. Netbook does not Flashplayer. -The otter lady

You can try installing a cutting edge browser and then enable HTML5 video on youTube. Then you can watch video without flash!

I don't even think you need the beta version of Chrome, just any up-to-date version will do.
posted by brenton at 9:38 PM on August 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


Why won't you help him?
posted by empath

Eponysterical!
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:41 PM on August 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


I couldn't resist.
posted by zerobyproxy at 9:46 PM on August 12, 2010 [13 favorites]


At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I learned three things.

1) Sea otters love ice cubes. They think they're just the best damn things ever. They play with them and chew them and toss them and nose them around.

2) Sea otters have little pouches in their armpits where they store things like leftover food for later. Given the opportunity, they will often stick ice cubes in these pouches.

3) Having put ice cubes in their storage pouches, sea otters later poke their noses in to look for them, and are surprised to find that the cubes are not there any more.

That is some fucking weaponized industrial-grade pure fucking cute right there.
posted by lore at 9:47 PM on August 12, 2010 [44 favorites]


Cuter than a bunch of kittens.
posted by blue shadows at 9:50 PM on August 12, 2010


Otter Pups Swim Lesson
posted by homunculus at 9:51 PM on August 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


Otters hold hands so they won't float apart.
posted by boo_radley at 10:00 PM on August 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


That's hot.
posted by ottereroticist at 10:03 PM on August 12, 2010 [11 favorites]


They also make great pets.
posted by Roachbeard at 10:07 PM on August 12, 2010


The otter is a good antidote for the Hitler.
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:07 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


brenton, that worked!! THANK YOU!!
posted by The otter lady at 10:17 PM on August 12, 2010


I started getting unnerved at about 1:34, after the camera spins back and the otter is holding the rock very still in his little otter paw and is just staring at the camera. That otter looks like he's getting ideas.
posted by Dr. Zira


Bet you're right.

They hold rocks on their chests and smash clams and oysters against them. Might have been wondering whether to try to put the camera on the menu.
posted by jamjam at 10:25 PM on August 12, 2010


I hope this thread brings all the otterly named Mefites out.

Cause then we could roll around in the water and slide down slides and groom each other's dense, plushy fur with our clever little paws.
posted by ottereroticist at 10:29 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


What a cute mustelid.

Otterly adorable. Elsewhere on YT: Otters holding hands
That's Nyac, a survivor of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
posted by unliteral at 10:32 PM on August 12, 2010


Their rock manipulation-based society's natural scientists will no doubt be puzzling over our fossils in several million years.
posted by clockzero at 10:38 PM on August 12, 2010


They also make great pets.

Hunh, I read that as having an L in there.

*Recalls FireTeam Epsilon to base*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:42 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Little known fact: I'm secretly an otter. Just add water.

I've actually had lunch while floating on my back out past the breakers in the Pacific. You know how a peanut butter sandwich tastes better at the beach? It's even better out on the water. How? Double bagged in ziplock sandwich bags and stuffed inside the collar of my wetsuit. Mmm, salty.
posted by loquacious at 10:43 PM on August 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


Otter Pups Swim Lesson

That looks pretty much exactly how I learned to swim.
posted by Cyrano at 10:43 PM on August 12, 2010


This calls for another bit of nonsense from lore*: I got a rock.

*no, he isn't paying me to post links to his stuff (1) I've considered him one of the funniest web-based folks since before MeFi existed and (2) he can't afford me
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:01 PM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh my god I love the internet. I paid $5 and $80 a month for this. My life is complete! Sigh.
posted by Submiqent at 12:23 AM on August 13, 2010


Yes, yes, laugh away. You're not the ones who have to keep the rock moving so the EARTH DOESN'T CRASH INTO THE SUN AND EVERYBODY WILL FIND OUT I TOUCH MYSELF.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 12:46 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


I want to be an otter. I hope that reincarnation is real because....I want to be an otter. Did I mention that I want to be an otter?
posted by The Light Fantastic at 1:02 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I learned three things.....

I learned a fourth thing -- otters are hung.


Oh, stop. I was sitting next to the tank and two of them swam by and one was in A Mood and so suddenly all of us were watching Live Otter Porn and some parent had to explain to their kid that no, the otters were not riding piggyback.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:59 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


2) Sea otters have little pouches in their armpits where they store things like leftover food for later.

I had a flatmate like that once.

Love the expression on the other otter's face when the camera briefly pans over. "Ten o'clock in the morning, and already the boy ain't right."
posted by Catseye at 3:11 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


They also make great pets .

Little-known facts: Susan Walden kept three small otters in her big 80's hair at all times during the filming of Danger Bay. Co-star Ocean Hellman was raised at sea by a pack of otters after being rescued from an amphibious helicopter wreck by them at the age of three.
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:30 AM on August 13, 2010 [3 favorites]


otters are adorable, yes, but as I recall they are also eye-wateringly musky (i.e., stank). I remember my parents taking me and my siblings to Storybook Gardens in London (Ontario, Canada), where there were a few animal habitats—if you could call them that. I remember that you could always tell if you were near the "Otter's Den" by the smell.

also: "otter" [maybeNSFW] has become a recognized category in the whole spectrum of hairiness that is gay bear subculture.
posted by LMGM at 3:33 AM on August 13, 2010


My girlfriend can do that.
posted by punkfloyd at 4:51 AM on August 13, 2010


An otter once had a stone
And he just wouldn't leave it alone
He flipped it and pawed it
And grasped it and clawed it
And did all of it mostly while prone
posted by bwg at 4:57 AM on August 13, 2010 [4 favorites]


What are you? I'm an otter. jump to 35 minutes 21 seconds...
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:05 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


An otter once had a stone
And he just wouldn't leave it alone
He flipped it and pawed it
And grasped it and clawed it
And did all of it mostly while prone


Supine. (*sigh*)
posted by monocyte at 5:29 AM on August 13, 2010


monocyte: "An otter once had a stone
And he just wouldn't leave it alone
He flipped it and pawed it
And grasped it and clawed it
And did all of it mostly while prone


Supine. (*sigh*)
"

You couldn't just let me have it, huh?
posted by bwg at 5:34 AM on August 13, 2010


Very well then:

An otter once had a stone
And he just wouldn't leave it alone
He flipped it and pawed it
And grasped it and clawed it
Mostly supine but now and then prone
posted by bwg at 5:39 AM on August 13, 2010 [8 favorites]


This urgently needs to be set to the Harlem Globetrotter's theme song.
posted by elizardbits at 6:15 AM on August 13, 2010


Behold, the UnicOtter. (totally SFW, despite the domain name)
posted by LMGM at 6:26 AM on August 13, 2010


This urgently needs to be set to the Harlem Globetrotter's theme song.

The Pittsburgh Zoo just put one out to what I think is the Benny Hill theme.

We've gone to the zoo before on "Animal Thanksgiving" - they give the otters these frozen balls of ice filled with shrimp & other treats. Possibly the cutest (and slightly vicious) thing I've ever seen in person.
posted by librarianamy at 6:30 AM on August 13, 2010


My kids pretty much have to drag me away from the otters when we visit the zoo. Not long ago, I walked up to the otter exhibit at the Tulsa zoo, and noticed that people had thrown a few coins in the otter pool. One of the otters was relaxed in the grass, but looked at me, then dived down to the bottom of the pool, picked up a quarter and started doing tricks with it. He was balancing it on his nose, dropping it and picking it up before it sank to the bottom, tossing it in the air and catching it in his mouth. I was torn between being furious that people would throw coins in there and OOOOOOHHH! THAT'S SO FREAKING COOL!!!

Please, can we have new otter overlords? I, for one, will welcome them and gladly do their adorable bidding.
posted by Dojie at 7:13 AM on August 13, 2010 [4 favorites]


I like the bit in the beginning where it loks like the front paws and back paws are operated by different people, and the front paws go "jugglejugglewhooooah" and the back paws go "igotthatigotthat" and the front paws are all like "FAZE!jugglejugglejuggle".
posted by PontifexPrimus at 7:30 AM on August 13, 2010


I liked the part where the otter played with the rock.
posted by xbonesgt at 7:30 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


>This urgently needs to be set to the Harlem Globetrotter's theme song.

the internets is a wonderful thing.
posted by xbonesgt at 7:37 AM on August 13, 2010 [8 favorites]


How can you not love otters?

I was lucky enough to grow up in an area that had tons of river otters when I was a kid - I could watch them every day. They are unbelievably energetic, frequently quite vicious, and the best swimmers on the planet.

Unfortunately, everything has been built up and the otters have been displaced or died off. Not a big loss if you never knew they were there, I guess.

Man, I feel old.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 7:43 AM on August 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


ONLY 18.25! (plus shipping)
posted by The Whelk at 8:13 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


California Sea Otters Mysteriously Declining Despite Protection
posted by homunculus at 8:58 AM on August 13, 2010


Please, can we have new otter overlords? I, for one, will welcome them and gladly do their adorable bidding.

While I favorited this comment, I should also point out that I have seen otters - adults and their kits (cubs?) - catch and eat brown pelicans. Sometimes it is obvious that the pelican is only half-dead from drowning when the otters begin their meal. Their bidding is not all adorable, sadly.
posted by rtha at 9:01 AM on August 13, 2010


Otters and seals are cute, but I have to say they can be scary little ocean-rat-beasts in the water. Many times have I been out surfing and seen a silver little body take lurking passes under my board. They'll even tug on your leash, bump your feet and whatnot. Then one will pop up, almost affecting a mocking laugh with its wiggling whiskers. It's like they just *know* how to mess with you.
posted by iamkimiam at 9:37 AM on August 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


Otterly adorable.
posted by alvarete at 9:55 AM on August 13, 2010


Awwwww! Plus, otter = puppycat.
posted by PuppyCat at 10:35 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's all "awww" until he pokes his eye out.
posted by stormpooper at 11:38 AM on August 13, 2010


You'll poke your eye out, otter!
posted by Naberius at 12:13 PM on August 13, 2010


Ok, apparently the "benny hill" link I posted above is limited access. I'm not sure this one will work, but I feel bad about posting the other one. Otters playing in sandboxes full of ice.
posted by librarianamy at 1:50 PM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


There otter be a post like this every day.
posted by bearwife at 4:50 PM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Little-known facts: Susan Walden kept three small otters in her big 80's hair at all times during the filming of Danger Bay.

My brain just broke. Danger Bay was on TV in Texas? Next you'll be telling Beachcombers has an American cult following.
posted by Kirk Grim at 5:33 PM on August 13, 2010


I'm not saying that I ever make stuff up on the internet, but the Texas Beachcombers Cult kicked David Koresh out for lack of stridency.

Also, David Koresh did not like otters. True fact.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:51 PM on August 13, 2010


Naww cute! Now, more baby animals pls?
posted by latch24 at 11:03 PM on August 13, 2010


I once saw three otters playing around in an unfenced pond beside the aquarium at Stanley Park. It turned out to be a salmon fry release center.
posted by qinn at 1:07 AM on August 14, 2010


I suppose I otter leave this right here.
posted by loquacious at 11:42 AM on August 14, 2010


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