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Groundhog Predicts Early Spring

Happy Groundhog Day!

Punxsutawney Phil emerged this morning from his tree trunk home at Gobbler’s Knob, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and did not see his shadow, predicting an early Spring. Yay! I hope Phil’s prognostication comes true this year.

Today is the 130th Groundhog Day, celebrated annually on February 2nd. The event typically brings out 30,000 revelers to the small, west-central Pennsylvania town. It has become a television staple at the beginning of one of the coldest months of the year. In addition to the celebrated rodent, the pageant features an entourage of city elders in old-fashioned dress and top hats, presiding over the festivities.

Why groundhogs? Because they hibernate.

“February 2nd is historically touted to be the day that the groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.” -Adapted from “Groundhog Day: 1886 to 1992″ by Bill Anderson


Kitty Vending Machine

Imagine you’re walking by one of those claw vending toy machines and you see this:

First Response? Best. Toy. Ever.

That’s exactly what happened in the well-known spa town of Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. With snow and temperatures plunging to -2 degrees, the cat apparently had been looking for a way to get out of the cold when it spotted the vending machine outside a local cinema, so it snuck in and cozied up to the stuffed toys in the glass box.

Luckily, the cat was freed after movie-goers alerted police, who contacted the machine’s operator, who unlocked it and rescued the cat.

Happy Caturday =^_^=


Cutest Sloth Ever Rescued in Ecuador, Now in Happy Habitat

The cutest sloth I’ve ever seen was rescued from the side of the road in Quevedo, Ecuador. Thank -you Transit Commission of Ecuador for saving this little guy! He is now living in a habitat in Ecuador where we is well-cared for.


Seriously, have you ever seen a sloth this adorable?!

How the sloth was found originally, looking cute as ever.

The Transit Commission of Ecuador wrote the following on their Facebook Page: “Thank you all for your concern. We inform you that the sloth rescued by our soldiers was checked by a vet, who determined that it was in optimal conditions for return to their habitat. Thanke we have all these people who were interested in the health of the animal. We continue to support this type of case with the cooperation of the citizens. Greetings to all.”

I believe this is the Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, based on pictures I’ve found online, and the wikipedia, but I don’t know for sure.

Long Time Coming

My last post was on Halloween, and I apologize for my absence to those who have missed In Otter News. I hope you will forgive me when I tell you the reasons why:


1. I got engaged!

"dramatic reenactment of actual event"


2. Since getting engaged, I spent much of November in Denver, Colorado, much of December in Buffalo, New York, and much of January in Los Angeles, California. I’m back home now in Baltimore, Maryland, for the foreseeable future. I plan to write much more on my blog from here on out.


Back in September of 2014, I had an opportunity to change jobs, and move across the country. I moved into corporate housing, and so I had to leave my dog with my loving and wonderful future parent-in-laws, until I was in a more stable environment.  She was entirely loved and well taken care of in my absence but I missed her wholeheartedly.  I am thrilled to say that Schatze, the Border Husky (half border collie, half husky), is now at home with me in Maryland.  We are like two peas in a pod again, and I couldn’t be happier.


Here's Schatze, ready and happy to come home with me.


It was a long car ride home...


Here's Schatze in her new home with me, meeting my hamster, and learning that hamsters are friends, not food.

Crazy Times

It’s been ten days since my last blog post. So much is changing and happening. I’ve changed jobs, and have been/will be traveling much more, and I”ll be moving too. Phew! Life is crazy. How crazy is it? Crazy as a rabbit crushing soda cans… with his tongue sticking out.



Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

Dallas Otter Learns to Swim

Things don’t get much cuter than a baby otter swimming. The Dallas Zoo’s small-clawed otter pup, Tasanee, has been getting some swimming lessons from her mom, Daphne.

“Even a baby otter has to learn to swim. Our Asian small-clawed otter pup, Tasanee, plays with toys and a hose in a large tub in her indoor habitat, chirping all the while. Her mom, Daphne, teaches her to be sure the little one can navigate the deeper pool in the outdoor habitat.”

And with that, we present Tasanee …


Happy Ottersday :#)