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Your morning adorable: Otters throw their paws in the air, wave 'em like they just don't care

December 16, 2009 | 12:08 pm


If it's possible for something to be cuter than a plain old otter, that something would certainly have to be an otter raising the roof.  Are we right, or are we right?  (We're confident we're right.)  The enthusiastic fellow in the foreground is Clyde; his partner in crime adorableness is, of course, named Bonnie.  Both are Asian small-clawed otters and residents of the Sea Life Center at Timmendorfer Strand, Germany.

Asian small-clawed otters are freshwater otters, different from the sea otters with which most Americans are more familiar.  They're the smallest of all otter species, and they're known for their manual dexterity -- a talent that led staff at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium to devise an unusual enrichment activity for one of their resident Asian small-clawed otters. They gave the little guy, named Dua, his own keyboard (and, fortunately for the viewing public, they captured him playing it on video).

See more photos of Bonnie and Clyde after the jump!



-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Philipp Guelland / AFP/Getty Images

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