Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Charisma Continues: Asian Small-Clawed Otters (part one)

I love the clownish sincerity of otters—their adorable, slightly buffoonish concentration as they play with shells or rocks, dive for food, or carry grasses in their mouths back to their sleeping sites. I think that’s often best illustrated in photos when the subject is an otter on its own (I would say it’s “otterly alone,” but that would be a particularly sad pun and also not very accurate—there are always other otters in the exhibit). So, feast your eyes on these individual otters as they…



Make funny faces while eating:


Play with shells, rocks, or a black walnut:

And pose:

Could they get any cuter? I ask you.

More otters to come!

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1 comment:

Anca said...

The pose and the black-walnut play really got me! As with the red pandas, one's impulse is to hug the incredibly cute little guys, which I'm sure is a really bad idea. So, Everyone, get a stuffed animal from Defenders of Wildlife and cuddle it instead--the money goes for preserving animals' habitats and protecting them.

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