Dexterous Otter Juggles With Pebble Like A Pro

ViralVideoUKPublished: October 25, 2017984 views
Published: October 25, 2017

Otters are often observed playing and juggling with stones and pebbles, both in the wild and in ZOOs. There are several videos of their unique <a href="" target="_blank">juggling</a> technique that you can watch online. These adorable expert swimmers have been seen juggling one, two, even three rocks at the same time!

Yet the question as to why they do it, what is its purpose and gain from it remains unanswered. There is a theory that it has something to do with their eating behavior, since otters can also often be seen using rocks to smash shells so that they reveal the delicious meat inside. There also have been instances of otters defending their ‘tools’ from other otters.

But this guy, he looks like a magician with his enchanted yellow pebble, rolling it around on the tree stub like he is a Jedi! He’s not even looking at the stone; he’s just using his front paws to toss it left and right. For a moment there, it even looks like the stone returns to his paws all on its own! Simply marvelous!

Visitors at the Dudley ZOO in the UK had quite the spectacle at the otter enclosure, when they saw the Asian otters laying on their backs in the sun, with rocks in their paws. That wouldn’t be all too unusual, if the otters weren’t <a href="" target="_blank">juggling with the stones</a> like professional buskers, not dropping their props once!

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