The British Film Institute uploaded this video yesterday, filmed around 1916, of a mischievous and apparently domesticated otter. The BFI writes:
This delightful glimpse of an unusually tame otter was captured by American-born filmmaker and entrepreneur Charles Urban, and may have been part of his ‘Curious Pals’ series of animal films. Having relocated to England, Urban returned to the US in 1916 to help encourage his country’s entry into the First World War; he made several films during the visit.
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A three-day old abandoned female sea otter pup is rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “Saving Otter 501” airs on NATURE on PBS on Wednesday, Oct 16: http://youtu.be/x-3ECtObdH0
I repeat, AAAAHHHH.
Otter and a Little Girl Stop to Get a Good Look at Each Other
For several days this week, these two tiny sea otter siblings were floating around on their mom’s belly in Morro Bay, in central California. Alternately nursing and being groomed, or occasionally floating beside her, the little furballs are a rare pair: Roughly 2 percent of sea otter pregnancies result in the birth of more than one pup.
The odds that both will survive are even longer.
Normally, sea otters only give birth to one pup at a time. The first twin otters (.pdf) were only reported in 1986. Now, this pair has brought scientists and photographers to the chilly Morro Bay waters, straining pairs of eyes hoping to glimpse and study the otters as they rest and float near the kelp forests.
“They’re pretty rare situations,” Staedler said. “This is the fourth one that I know of.”
Otters Find Human’s Camera Fascinating
Just Another Day in the Life of Otters: A Bit of Lounging, a Bit of Climbing