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This Baby Otter Learning How to Swim Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today


Sea otter pup learns to swim at Shedd Aquarium.

Originally posted on TIME:

You may not have known how much you needed this video of a baby otter swimming, but the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sure did.

The Chicago-based aquarium has welcomed this little fellow to their facilities and now you can welcome the pup into your heart. You can thank us later.

Pup 681, the name the otter was given, was discovered orphaned on a California beach in late September weighing a mere 1 kg. After some much-needed rehabilitation, the Shedd accepted a California aquarium’s invitation to take care of the pup full time.

“It truly takes a village to rehabilitate a young sea otter. Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter,” said Tim Binder, vice president of Animal Collections for Shedd in a press release. And, apparently, teaching the world what it means to love.

(H/t Mashable)

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Friday Funny: Ron Burgundy and sea otters

On Wednesday’s “Conan”, Will Ferrell was in full character as Ron Burgundy (Anchorman). He shared a chart of “species intelligence hierarchy” that includes the eagle, narwhal, and “the lowly sea otter”.


See if you can spot a mistake he made in sea otter biology (other than thinking that sea otters are stupid).