Chicago's Otter Pup Gets a Name, Explores New Home for the First Time

The Shedd Aquarium has finally settled on a name for the rescued otter pup that caused the entire city of Chicago (and, uh, me) to lose its (and my) shit. Say goodbye to to Pup 681 and hello to... Luna! » 12/12/14 7:50pm 12/12/14 7:50pm

Chicago Is Losing Its Shit Over This Rescued Baby Sea Otter

There is nothing cuter in the world than a baby otter cleaning its face. Nothing. If I could give birth to baby sea otters instead of baby people, I'd never stop being pregnant. I would be the Michelle Duggar of otter pups. As such, it makes perfect and absolute sense to me that the entirety of the city of Chicago is… » 11/06/14 10:10am 11/06/14 10:10am

Hero Otter Saves iPhone from Watery Depths

Jenny Lewis (not the Jenny Lewis), a staff member at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in the U.K., accidentally dropped her iPhone into a tank of water occupied by Starsky, one of the sanctuary's resident otters. Rather than let it sink to the bottom or crack it open on his belly, Starsky retrieved the phone and politely… » 9/29/14 7:00pm 9/29/14 7:00pm

This Adorably Confused Otter Thinks It's a Dog

If you take a closer look at this video (which appears to feature a jaunty otter playing with some people), you'll realize that the otter is no ordinary otter — it is a scout otter, sent from the great Otterman Empire to ascertain the relative strength of human warriors. » 10/06/13 2:30pm 10/06/13 2:30pm

Juggling Otter Is Emperor of the World

About halfway through what is already a delightful video of TWO otters lounging on a stump, one of those otters (the more gifted one, obviously) begins to juggle a rock, “juggle,” in this context, meaning of course to roll lazily across one’s fuzzy belly. Still though! Otters are alarmingly dexterous. They should… » 9/21/13 3:30pm 9/21/13 3:30pm

Baby River Otter Eeps Its Way Through First Check-up

Check-ups aren't any fun, and nobody knows this better than animals, for whom a checkup is an inexplicable nightmare of bright lights, prodding, cold tables, and thermometer sodomy. This baby river otter (his name is Molalla, but let's just go ahead and call him Squibbles) deals with his check-up pretty stoically,… » 3/24/13 1:30pm 3/24/13 1:30pm

TGIF: Show Us Your Squee!

Ahhhhh! Haku the river otter weighs about three pounds and hangs out at the Sunshine City Aquarium in Tokyo either in a backpack or trotting along on a leash. Cuuuuuute! Click through for video; more images at Zooborns. And don't forget to post your own squee pix, gifs and videos below! » 3/08/13 5:15pm 3/08/13 5:15pm

TGIF: Show Us Your Squee!

Congratulations! You made it through another week. We got you… a baby otter! Eh, it actually comes from the Emergency Puppy Twitter account, but you can look at it all you want. Treat yo' self! Below, feel free to post otter videos, puppy gifs, your own pet pix, or whatever you've got that makes you squee. Happy… » 3/01/13 5:30pm 3/01/13 5:30pm

Talking Otter Is Incoherent, Probably Wasted

Did you know that otters can talk? They mostly speak nonsense, which might have something to do with the fact that they're raging drunks. Oh yeah, otters love the booze. That's why they're always lolling around on their backs and struggling to eat raw shellfish. » 8/27/12 11:55pm 8/27/12 11:55pm

Otter Enjoys Stacking Cups Until They Prove Adorably Frustrating

This otter enjoys stacking cups. Really, it enjoys treats, which its handlers cleverly hide in the bottom of three stackable cups. Once the otter uses its comically short arms to align and stack the cups, congratulations are in order, but otters are pretty sharp and this one seems to be waiting for something cooler… » 8/19/12 1:30pm 8/19/12 1:30pm

Tiny Otter Has a Very Adorable Strategy for Beating the Heat

Oh, no big deal, it's just a baby otter covering his eyes as he swims around. We have actually seen this little otter before, and it turns out he's the star of his own movie, Otter 501, about how he was rescued after he got separated from his mother and learned to make his way in the world. Ahh, he's so cute you… » 6/20/12 9:45pm 6/20/12 9:45pm