The Daily Otter

July 16, 2011

Assorted Nonsense

On the off-chance that you can’t find your happy place, allow me.


For those days when even Joan Rivers’ plastic surgeon couldn’t carve a smile on your face may I present: The Daily Otter. Found on Tumblr, this little blog describes itself simply as “OMFG Otters!” and that’s exactly what you will saying as you look at the collection of  photographs and videos of one of the hands-down cutest members of the animal kingdom. Before long you will have forgotten all about the decidedly uncute and unpleasant things that were weighing on you in the first place.


Find it here.


Oh, and by the way, if it’s an especially horrific day, there’s also The Daily Bunny


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4 Responses to “The Daily Otter”

  1. John Says:

    I wonder if they would make good house pets??

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    • Kate Welshofer Says:

      In a word (from Animal Planet) …no. Here’s why:

      1. They bite.
      Otters and humans do not naturally go together. Otters react to humans the way they would to any other strange creature, i.e., they bite. Their teeth are very sharp — watch the way they handle a fish. Now imagine it’s your finger or another body part. Ouch!

      2. They spray.
      Otters mark their territory by spraying, like cats or skunks. An otter living in your home would see your house as its territory. The smell left behind is very musky and smelly, not a pleasant addition to your home.

      3. They are nocturnal.
      As you’ve seen with Grace, otters are nocturnal. Most humans are not. Otters need to hunt and swim at night which will most likely make a human’s lifestyle very difficult.

      4. They need access to a river.
      Do you live near a river where the otter can hunt? The otter prefers fresh fish, caught daily. They consume about two pounds of food a day. Also, it would be very difficult to train an otter to return to your home after a night out.

      5. They learn survival skills from their mothers.
      No matter how much love you give a baby otter, the best way for them to learn how to be an otter is from other otters. The skills they learn from their mothers in the first 18 months of their lives are vital for their survival. They need to learn to swim and hunt in order to take care of themselves. It’s very difficult for humans to fill in as a surrogate otter.

      Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/XerGD

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  2. John Says:

    Bummer. :-(

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  3. Chainsaw Says:

    Otters are pricks. Fact.

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