Just a handful of happy otters losing control over a bamboo branch

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Sydney, Australia, calls itself home to a family of small-clawed Asian otters. Habitat loss due to human invasion and illegal logging, as well as hunters who poach them for fur, threaten the species. Taronga supports projects across Asia to protect otters and other creatures, and they also spoil the otter family at their zoo. A recent animal enrichment video shows the totally wild otters … a branch of bamboo. This is all I need. To see:

We saw this wonderful video for the first time in Boing Boing. I can’t understand how the otters practically swarmed the branch. They play tug of war and seem to be trying to pull leaves. The Taronga Zoo says that the mother otter, called Jafar, wanted to try to grab bamboo material to make nests. They are the youngest otters that strive to play with the branch. Guardian Tarryn Williams introduced the entire family of six in a video from last year: Jafar, Harry (the father) and their four babies (a man and three women). The zoo chose Jafar to be the matriarch after seeing how much she adored her younger brother. They knew that she would be a good mother and continue to expand the vulnerable population.

A flock of otters playing with a bamboo branch

Taronga Zoo

This video is just the last glimpse of the preciousness of this family of Asian otters with small claws. The zoo shared another enrichment video in April 2020, which shows the otters trying to tear leaves off a metal ball. They are very persistent in trying to identify whether they can decipher the puzzle.

And let’s not forget when a baby otter joined the group. We just want to snuggle this little one.

Awww! Totally perfect.

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