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“Otter Almost Stole my GoPro”

Whilst trying to get some close up footage of the otters at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Lodmoor in Dorset of the United Kingdom, Andy Williams saw that “the otters became very interested and playful. I guess it’s not everyday they get a GoPro lowered into there enclosure! After jumping around and playing, one of them actually came very close to grabbing the GoPro off me! What lovely fun animals they are!”

Thank-you YouTube Channel Andy Williams for this wacky otter video. “Wacky” because the otters remind me of Whack-A-Mole! :-D


Happy Ottersday :#)


The Notortoise BIG

Henry the Tortoise, known on Facebook as The Notortoise BIG , has become the most famous tortoise in New York City. Why? Because as he is pushed in a stroller to Central Park, for his daily outing, he turns more than a few heads.


The 17 pound (7.7 kg) sulcata tortoise is the pet of 24-year-old Amanda Green who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. He led a reclusive existence until Green took to Craigslist to advertise for a tortoise walker.

New Yorkers are accustomed to dog walkers but no so much tortoise walkers, so Green expected only a few responses. Instead, the listing went viral and hundreds of people from all over the world applied for the $10-an-hour job.

“Just like a person who has a dog would hire a dog walker, I figured why not a tortoise walker?” Green said in an interview with Reuters TV. “It took on a life of its own … I heard from about 500,” said Green, a copywriter for a style and beauty website.


The job went to Amalia McCallister, who has experience from having worked in a pet store. “You honestly do have to keep your eye on him,” McCallister said, describing the job as fun and not too taxing. “I could, maybe, read a book, but you’ve got to make sure he doesn’t eat the wrong thing.”

Sulcata tortoises are native to north central Africa but they adapt well to different environments. Land-dwelling reptiles with a shell, they are mainly herbivores. Henry, who is taken to the park by stroller and then allowed to roam free, particularly likes dandelions and grass.


He has amassed an online fanbase with more than 5,000 Instagram followers and over 400 likes on Facebook. The profile’s name is, of course, a play on the stage name used by the late rapper Christopher Wallace, who called himself The Notorious B.I.G.


Green adopted Henry a couple of years ago from a woman who was unable to manage her growing family and the tortoise. She said Henry is friendly and curious but needs lots of attention.


Green said she knows that Henry will one day outgrow her apartment. Male sulcata tortoises can reach a length of more than 30 inches (76 cm) and tip the scales at up to 200 pounds (90 kg).

“Am I going to somehow get a backyard in New York City?” Green asked. “These animals do need exercise so it is really great that I have a walker now.”


There’s some good “thinking outside of the shell”, Ms. Green.


Happy Humpday (^_^)


Tender Loving Chinchilla (That’s What TLC Stands For Right?)

I am weakened by the cuteness of this chinchilla, (known for their ultra-soft velvety fur) enjoying a nice grooming session with it’s human. I hope your weekend has been just as relaxing.

Thank-you YouTube Channel MangO for this video; it is a ding-dang-dorable!


Happy Bunday (|^_^|)


The Wedding with 1000 Cats

It’s June, which means it’s officially wedding season! Now, at most weddings, the betrothed invite the people they care about most, but in this case, those people were cats.


Dominic Husson and Louise Véronneau both love cats, and so they wanted to celebrate their wedding with them. So, the couple from Montreal, Canada, flew to Parlier, California, near Fresno, to the Cat House on the Kings, a no-cage, no-kill cat sanctuary, where they performed a ceremony in front of about one thousand feline guests.


“We are both animal lovers, and it shows she’s a great person, and that’s why I wanted to marry her,” Husson told NBC News.

Cat House on the Kings has been home to 24,000 cats and 7,000 over the past 24 years. Husson and Veronneau are the first couple to get married at the sanctuary.


The sanctuary’s founder, Lynea Lattanzio, said the cats responded very well to the bride and groom.

May this marriage blessed by kittehs, be a marriage that lasts to eternitehs.


Happy Caturday =^_^=


Wild Otters T-Shirts for Conservation

Wild Otters is a conservation research organization based in India, focusing on the conservation of their native otters species (smooth coated, Asian Small-clawed, and Eurasian otters). They were founded in September 2014. They focus on better understanding otters, use this understanding to take proactive conservation actions, disseminate  information, and spread awareness about otters to create long lasting conservation support. They also have a facebook page.
They reached out to In Otter News, as they are trying to raise funds by selling T-shirts with a super-cute otter design.


The Otter T-Shirt. Get yours at

They need to get at least 100 orders for the t-shirt to be printed. All proceeds benefit the otter conservation work that Wild Otters does.


In Otter News does not sell products, but in this case I felt it worthy to share this particular T-Shirt opportunity with my fellow otter lovers.

May we all find a way to better support the planet and all of its creatures.


Happy Ottersday :#)


One Notorious Crow

You might have seen on the news recently that one bad-ass crow stole a knife from a crime scene in Vancouver, Canada (which was eventually recovered by police). The crow’s name is Canuck, and he is Vancouver’s most notorious bird. He has quite a reputation there and his antics are regularly chronicled on his Facebook Page. Canuck’s been known to steal small items from pedestrians in the past, including keys, cigarettes, and loose change, and he’s easy to identify by the bright red band on his ankle.


While Canuck may be painted as a “bad bird”, thieving the good people of Vancouver, he actually has a heartwarming back story and homelife. Thank-you The Dodo for reporting on it.


Long before Canuck was meddling in police affairs, he was a hatchling who had fallen out of his nest as a baby. Canuck’s “dad” is a man named Shawn Bergman.

“I’m not thrilled that he tampered with a crime scene, but what … [can] you do?” Bergman said. “He’s a wild crow.”

“He was found and raised by my landlord’s son,” Bergman wrote. ”He was no bigger than a tennis ball and was not able to fly due to his age. He more than likely would’ve died if he hadn’t been taken in, in my opinion.”

Canuck was cared for by the landlord’s son until he was able to fly and survive on his own. He was released in July 2015, but not before receiving a red band on his left foot that made him easily identifiable and signaled to others who came across him that he’d had human contact.


But even though Canuck was free to go, he never left the neighborhood, choosing instead to loiter in the yard of the building he knew as home.

“On approximately day three of his release we noticed that he was not around the house,” Bergman told The Dodo. Bergman decided to go looking for the crow himself, to see if the bird was still within the parameters of the neighborhood.

“I ended up coming across him in an open grassy area looking very confused and scared,” Bergman said. “As soon as he saw me, he ran up to me. I put up my arm and he flew up and landed on it.” ”That was the first time I had ever walked through the neighborhood with a crow on my arm. Little did I realize it would be far from the last. Now it’s an everyday thing,” he said.


While Canuck is friendly — for the most part — toward other people, he shares a special bond with Bergman, whom he greets in the mornings and follows to his bus stop when he heads off to work. As soon as Bergman steps off the bus each evening, Canuck is there to say “hello” after a long day.


Despite Canuck being used to humans, Bergman aims to keep the crow’s experience as close to the wild as possible. ”I want him to experience life naturally,” Bergman said. Well, as naturally as a bird who’s become a bit of a celebrity both locally and internationally can experience.

“He’s very mischievous and a prolific thief, but he can also be quite comical,” Bergman said. “He’s not shy.”

But no matter how far Canuck strays, he knows that he’ll always have a partner in Bergman: the person who came for him just when he needed him most.


Happy Flyday ~^v^~


A Singapore Otter’s Journey Home

Since yesterday was World Otter Day, I am posting a recent successful otter conservation story today that’s sure to tug at your heartstrings.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Fast Snail for this emotional reunion video.


When a baby otter was separated from his family, nicknamed The Marina 9 by Singapore’s devoted otter-watching community called Otterwatch, one man was able to save the young otter’s life.

On May 9, the six-week-old smooth-coated otter pup almost drowned after it fell off a ledge into a canal. It was rescued by retiree and property investor Patrick Ng, 60, who dived in to fish Toby out of the waters. “After rescuing it, I left it on the ledge near the entrance to its holt and quickly swam away, in case the adults came back,” Mr Ng said.

Ng then left him alone in a safer location with the belief that Toby’s family would eventually come pick him up, but they never did.

When the otter watchers realized Toby was still on his own later that day, they called in the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) to rescue the wayward otter pup. In WRS’ care, Toby was bottle-fed and given an overall checkup to make sure he was in good condition.


Once veterinarians believed Toby was strong enough to return to the wild, he was taken to a beach area where members of OtterWatch, along with WRS and the National Parks (NParks), determined Toby had a better chance of linking back up with his family. He was taken out of the carrier and left alone on the sand. It was only then that Toby began to cry loudly.


Then, in a glorious display of solidarity, his entire family came running for him. Toby was gently nuzzled and sniffed by the adult otters before scurrying off with them, heading home at long last.


“The rescue and reintroduction of Toby has demonstrated an unprecedented collaboration and ‘make-it-happen’ spirit between members of the public and across multiple agencies,” said Jeffery Teo, a member of OtterWatch,  “Everyone puts in their best, not for pride nor glory. We just want to bring Toby home. This is humanity at its best form.”


NParks and WRS are reportedly still watching over Toby to make sure he doesn’t get rejected from his family.

But so far, things appear to be going well for this beloved little otter and his equally adored family.


Happy Ottersday :#)


Happy World Otter Day!

Today is World Otter Day. This is a day we draw attention to the plight of the world’s otters and raise awareness for their conservation needs.


There are 13 species of otter worldwide, and they are all listed in the IUCN Red List and 12 are still declining in number.


Otters are very special animals. They are wonderful to watch, they are indicators of a healthy ecosystem, and at least with the Sea Otter, they shape the very environment they live in.


How you can help:

  • Make a donation to the many otter conservation organizations
  • Support your local zoo or aquarium and watch the otters there
  • Host an otter-themed party of your own
  • Buy some lovely otter-themed goods that support otter conservation
  • Spread the word about the importance of otters


Together, we can be the driving force that saves the otters from the threats of this world.


Happy World Otter Day!

This Dog Knows What’s Up

Dogs are smart. They can learn words for all their favorite things, like “walk”, and also for their not-so-favorite things, like “bath”. It’s probably a good thing that they’re not quite smart enough to figure out when we’re messing with them. :-P

Thank-you YouTube Channel America’s Funniest Home Videos for this hilarious video!


Happy National Sea Monkey Day

Today is National Sea Monkey Day. I’m not making this up, those classic pets of childhood have their own celebration day.


In honor of this holiday, here is some history and factoids about sea monkeys:

1. Sea monkeys aren’t monkeys. According to livescience, they’re a hybrid breed of brine shrimp called Artemia NYOS.


2. The “inventor” of sea monkeys, Harold von Braunhut, held almost 200 patents, including the famous novelty X-Ray Specs sold in comic books. He passed away in 2003.


3. Legendary comic book artist Joe Orlando played a huge role in transforming sea monkeys into must-have pets. Sea monkeys were initially called “Instant-Life” and sales weren’t great, even with a 49-cent purchase price. Orlando rebranded them, and illustrated a series of “Sea Monkeys” advertisements and a successful comic book ad campaign, launched in 1964.


4. The website for all things sea monkey-related is According to a 2003 USA Today article, it’s run by Susan Barclay, a Canadian woman who is referred to as “The Sea Monkey Lady.” Barclay is also the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Sea Monkeys.”


5. The name “Instant-Life” seemed appropriate for the creatures since you just add water to packet dust and you get sea monkeys. Their super power is that they can survive for long periods of time in suspended animation. They hatch when you empty the packet and get them wet.

6. Sea monkeys breathe through their feet. They can also reproduce sexually or asexually.


7. Thanks to Howie Mandel, sea monkeys once starred in a live-action TV show. “The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys” premiered on CBS in 1992 and lasted 11 episodes. “The idea came when my daughter wanted sea monkeys,” Mandel said. “All of her friends had them. And I had them as a child. I said, ‘This is great. This could be bigger than the Ninja Turtles.’ ” The premise was that a professor (played by Mandel) accidentally enlarged three sea monkeys to human size.

12. Sea monkeys aren’t a thing of the past. If you missed out when you were a kid, don’t fret. You can still buy them here.



Happy (Sea) Monkday! :_)-~-~