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I've read otters sometimes give rocks to zoo keepers to show their affection. Can your friend confirm this?
I think that rock would become one of my most prized possessions instantly
"Dis my otterrock"
"Oh, boy! I'm so hungry, I could eat an otterrock!"
Hey, hey, hey. Hey. Take it easy, man. Over here. The pile of otter rocks waving at you. Here. Yeah, I'm actually a thing. I'm a being. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Korg. I'm kind of like the leader in here. I'm made of otter rocks, as you can see. But don't let that intimidate you. You don't need to be afraid unless you're made of scissors. Just a little otter rock-paper-scissor joke for you
P OFF OTTER GHOST
I love how he says he was defeated because he didn't print enough leaflets for his revolution.
Paper beat rock.
"Squatalla! And we're off!"
OTTERROCKS, ROLL OUT!!
After already showing your friend a rock you own
Dis my otterrock
I had a parrot at a rescue I volunteered at give me one beautiful feather. I still have that feather on display.
why is your house full of rocks?
they were all presents.
Watching apollo 18 last night..... makes you wonder about space rocks or rocks in general.
He should do that for them. Find the smoothest coolest stone and give them it as a gift.
Rock juggling is pretty common with these otters but I haven't heard of them giving rocks as gifts before
There are lots of videos online of these otters (Aonyx cinereus - Asian small-clawed otter) juggling rocks
I've heard about them passing rocks down for generations but I dont know if its true
Sounds more like "I want that rock, you dead, my rock now."
Isn't that the plot of infinity wars?
I mean that's how humans do it with diamonds and similar rocks
Its more like a family trying to pass down their fine china. No thanks I've got my own rock dad.
This is how heirlooms originally started, I bet.
Even for us isn't that the point of it?
I get joy from making others happy
I know deep down my heir, or somebody I care for would covet this object
I bequeath it to them
The pioneers used to ride those babies for miles.
My ancestors crossed the Bering strait during the ice age atop massive sea otter mounts
I've never heard this but a lot of documentaries make their own spin on shit. What I can say for sure is they do have a favorite rock. They'll pick a rock they really like and carry it to use as a tool. They have a pouch specifically for storing food, and their favorite rock.
These are river otters...
Thanks for the link
I'd imagine this could be true for Sea Otters, since they use rocks for opening up mussels and food items. These are River Otters in the video, and I don't know if they use rocks for any reason or for just playfulness
Yeah, sea otters spend a great deal of time in the open ocean so I imagine rocks are a rare resource for them. For these guys it's their floor covering.
Sea otters typically live within a kilometer of the coast and in water that’s shallow enough for them to dive to the bottom. They have a small pouch on their chest area that they keep a special rock in which they use to break open shellfish and stuff.
I'd need evidence they have a special rock pouch in their chest to believe it.
Sure enough "Under each forearm are baggy pockets of loose skin. The sea otter uses these pockets to store food it has gathered. It also stores favorite rocks that it uses for cracking open mollusks and clams." Lol, thanks
Lol no joke, we know your hiding the precious jewels Mr. Otter Your whole crew gave ya up, just give us the philosopher stones back! Safe keepers of the world?
I've traded rocks with river otters before. They had been observing me looking for arrowheads, etc. I left a little sandwich lettuce and meat out and they came in close.
I'm not really confident I was dealing with the Ivy-league A-squad of otters, though.
The river guys seem to behave less cleverly than their ocean-going counterparts.
But we quickly got to the point where I would place something interesting on a rock and they'd snatch it and replace it with a round river rock.
I had an otter try to do this at the Vienna zoo. I had never been before, and he stopped doing what he was doing and pounding his rock against the glass right in front of me haha. It was adorable
So otters are Fraggles?
(Guessing this is too old and obscure for most here...but have to see)
wtf I want an otter rock
Eh. Not so much to show affection, but for safekeeping. Mine would stuff their grapes in my boot or a rock in my hair for later/to keep away from their siblings.
I got to go swimming/play with otters for a day. They liked putting the pebbles/stones down my swimsuit. I kept them and treasure them to this day. I also happy cried. One of the best days of my life!
And you kept saying, Hi, Hi, you sounded like my neice and she is 6 year old.
Thing I just learned. A group of otters is called a bevy. But a group of otters in water is called a raft.
They also might be referred to as a romp, family or a lodge.
Romp sounds cutest. No terrible things can come from a romp, right?
Fuck man... I've been telling people it's a "business" of otters for like ten years
Then it is. You have as much authority as anyone else does in the English language when it comes to naming groups of animals. The only "official" name for a group of otters is "otters."
All of those names are awesome and cute, but the "clever collective nouns for animals" started as a joke in England, making fun of the weird language that aristocratic hunters used to show that they were part of the fancy upper crust. A satirist wrote a pamphlet taking the piss, making up a faux-authoritative list of collective nouns, and the joke took off. Since then, and especially since the internet, people occasionally decide to just run with the joke. Hundreds of conflicting lists exist. They're all hogwash.
(They're also fun and there's no reason you can't enjoy them!)
Woah, TIL. That’s really interesting, I love how actual words are born out of someone taking a piss at something
"Oh look it's Mike, guys Mike is here." "Mike." "Hi Mike." Mike it's us, did you bring food again? "Miiiikkkkeeee."
He better climb his ass in there and cuddle them sea puppers
River puppers, in this case.
I used to volunteer at a zoo and a keeper lost her thumb to an otter. $10,000 payout but still not worth the otter cuddles to me.
$10k AND otter cuddles? Where do I sign up?
I give this deal one thumb up.
My wife loves otters and sees them as cute and cuddly. They sleep floating, interlocked so they don't get separated, etc. In reality, they are ferocious, dangerous little creatures. There is a reason why they haven't been eaten to extinction by predators of equal or greater size....
Sea otters do that, these guys dont though. Vicious little bastards either way, I saw 2 of them kill and eat a duck by the side of the river a couple years ago, it was kind of awesome.
I mean most people would have no problem killing and eating a duck if hungry too.
Cute and somewhat dangerous seems to scratch some sort of psychological itch for us dumb humans, considering the sorts of pets we've gravitated towards.
"This species has sharp teeth and claws but I gave it food and chin scritches and now it follows me around. I'm going to share my home with it, cuddle it and boop its nose every day."
Which is why they’re one of the best animals out there.
I'd give that place 2 thumbs up.
Those are riverboyes
They look like they'd be the most satisfying to cuddle up with
How do you get a job like this?
When the zoo is hiring, you apply for a job.
Source: I worked at a zoo.
Fun fact, przewalski horses enjoy Doritos. Don't ask me how I know.
Come on man, you gotta tell us.
I’d assume they fed a Przewalski horse Doritos
Most if not all of us have at least a bachelor's degree in something animal related (wildlife biology, animal science, marine biology, etc) a few have master's (animal psychology, animal nutrition) degrees as well.
My path is like most, as it's deceptively hard to break into the field. It is years of volunteering, and unpaid internships to get the required hands on skills and time that hiring zoos are looking for. Then it's (hopefully) getting a seasonal / part time job to start, and leveraging that into a full time position.
If anyone is interested for more information. AZA.org has a job board of every single open job and internship in AZA accredited facilities in the US.
What did you bring? Maybe some small fishy thing
In any case we give a bow
And hope that maybe you'll feed us now
How otterly adorable xD
r/punpatrol FREEZE MOTHERF**KER!
WHY I OTTER!
r/punpatrol WE NEED BACKUP, THERES TOO MANY!!
Why did this make me laugh so hard
r/punpatrol BACKUP HAS ARRIVED. YOU ARE SURROUNDED, CRIMINALS. DROP THE PUN AND TURN AROUND SLOWLY WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR.
Officer I don’t know how to tell you this... but ‘drop the pun’... is a pun. You’re gonna have to come with me.
OFFICER DOWN! I REPEAT OFFICER DOWN!
I’m gonna let r/puninternalaffairs take care of you, corrupted officer
Don’t you mean r/punternalaffairs?
Nope. That’s illegal.
Who? Me? Or the otter guy?
I'd be lion if I said I didn't sea that coming.
Who are you? The Punisher?
Otter you waiting for?!
(HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!)
Your friend has been chosen
TIL "An otter's den is called a holt or couch. Male otters are called dogs or boars, females are called bitches or sows, and their offspring are called pups. The collective nouns for otters are bevy, family, lodge, romp (being descriptive of their often playful nature) or, when in water, raft." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otter
Looked it up because I wanted to make sure that tribe was the correct term going forward.
A romp of bitches sounds like a fun time
She stole my favorite rock. What a bitch.
I hope your friend sends you otter updates. I need more!
to PLAY!! he Came he Brought toDAY ?! WhAT i WondeR
edit.....formatting.... i give up
hE's HEre! He'S BaCK!
HE cAmE tO PLaY!
i WOndEr WhAT hE BroUGhT toDAY ?!
wE dOnNOt KnOW
WHat It cOUlD bE -
WhaTEvER Is -
We OtTeR SEE !!!!
I read this in the voices of the 3 kids from Nightmare before Christmas.
Lock, Shock and Barrel!
WhAT diD He briNG?
SOMe fooD PerHAps?
mAYbe A tOY!
Or eVeN PATS!!
honestly the messed up formatting made it even better
Reminds one time when visiting the zoo at the otter feeding time. A kid came in with same type of hat and otters got excited then realised wasn’t the keeper. Few minutes later the keeper came in and the otters went mental knowing it was feeding time.
Friends? More like "that's the hooman who gives us food every day."
He works as a grounds keeper and doesn't actually get to feed any of the animals. So I think they've just taken a liking to him.
That makes this far more adorable
How much does your friend make and how did he get this job? I hate my job and this seems like it would be a happier place
As someone who has worked as a zoo groundskeeper, just be prepared to pick up more feces than you ever imagined.
Shit comes in many different forms.
There's big shit, little shit, shit gumbo, shit stew, popcorn shit
At the end of the day, aren't we all shoveling shit in this crazy, mad, mixed-up world?
If I get paid to deal with shit at my job, I‘d rather deal with real shit and animals than with metaphorical shit and humans.
Zoos are non-profit and don't pay well. The zookeepers at my zoo in California get paid $13-$20/hr (mim wage is $12). Grounds and all other positions without both a degree and experience required would be barely over minimum wage. There are several positions that require a BA that pay $13-$14/hr.
It does make a fine second job though, it is fun. My second job is at a zoo.
Yeah when I worked for a zoo it was actually a non-profit shelter. I didn't get any payment besides college credit and the owner gave me some food and let me sleep in his old busted RV(caravan for you brits) on the premises. It was pretty amazing getting to interact with the animals though and basically sleeping right next to a tiger habitat.
But do I get to play with otters?
I empty my cats litter box for free
They like him just the way he is.
Edit - removed duplicative sentence
zoo keepers and the Animals they take care of have a bond
Awh they’re all so cute!
I used to work at a zoo - in ticketing though. We wore the same color shirts as the keepers so the animals would see us coming and think we were going to feed them.
Next on his agenda. Befriend raptors.
"befriended" is a nice way to say "feeds"
ALL HAIL JAY ALL HAIL JAY OOOH JAY CAN YOU SEEEE
... River otters are my favorite animal. I’ve been having a very rough couple of months, I barely smile.
But this... This made me smile from ear to ear. I FKN LOVE OTTERS BRO
More proof that otters are just puppies of the sea.
They look the the raptors from Jurassic world.
HI FREN! I love you like no otter
A family or group of otters is called a holt, thank you Redwall.