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!
Here, the Shedd Aquarium's rescued baby otter is eating and drinking and playing and squeaking. She has a wind up toy lobster and a tiny otter-sized basketball. Her ball-handling skills are pretty crappy thus far. I would not consider playing Pup 681 as a point guard; maybe a power forward.
I am not exaggerating when I say that the Shedd Aquarium's new rescued baby otter is so cute that watching videos of her ottering around is an almost emotionally overwhelming experience. I'm near tears. It's too much.
I believe we have now found the most shocking and amazing video ever posted on the Internet.
News you can't really use, except to delight yourself: There is an otter at the Tennessee Aquarium named "Benny," after Internet heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch. Let's make sure to book our tickets together so we can get the group rate.
This Finnish man is now best friends with an otter and I'm both in awe and jealous. And also, should he be feeding the wild otter? I am leaning no, but maybe it's slim pickings during the winter months and this keeps the adorable little dude alive. Experts! Please tell me how to feel before my uterus makes me love…
Someone found this otter lounging, stretching, grooming, and just generally being adorable on a wharf in Santa Cruz. It was hanging out on the same wooden platform as a bunch of sea lions, but this wee rebel was just doing his own damn thing.
If you're crying on the inside OR outside, have we got a treat for you.
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…
Otter Christmas fun facts: They have the thickest fur of any mammal, up to a million hairs per square inch. Anotter fun fact is that they are the cutest of all animals while opening presents. I love them so much.
Hand-holding otters is currently ranked as the #1 most adorable occurrence in the entire world, but this water cuddle by Olympic swimmers Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa (who won the Men's 100m Breastsroke) and Christian Sprenger of Australia is certainly giving the otters a run for their money.
This may not be particularly revelatory for you, but I had no idea that otters didn't just know how to swim, considering how slinky and unctuous there are in the water, what with their crafty, sardonic little eyes. I mean, they're just so smug about floating on their backs you'd think swimming was just one of those…
Josh Siegel's animal art was such a hit on Labor Day that we're bringing it back as a regular weekly feature. Add your own requests in the comments, and maybe Josh will draw an animal for you.
It's been a rough day, capping off a very tough week, so consider this an extended version of our usual TGIF cute animal picture.
Three people and one dog in West Boca Raton, Florida have been bitten by rabid otters over the course of the last four days. This sounds like the beginning of the weirdest post-apocalyptic zombie movie ever.
A picture gallery that includes this little guy(?) declares otters to be "the new cats." Hm, maybe! Their frowny, whiskered faces remind me of portraits of late 19th century industrialists—guys with names like Chester and Cornelius.
In this video taken at a Tokyo zoo, a baby sea otter ventures into the pool for the first time. He has to ride on his mom's stomach, as the zoo has yet to develop otter-sized swimmies.
• Two male otters who spent the last 15 years together, living as best pals in a New Zealand zoo, died recently. Both Daz and Chip suffered from heart attacks, which occurred within several hours of the other.