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Jun 30 2012

Anti-Caturday Post

The cuteness assault continues. Today: OTTERS. Yeah, try throwing a cat in the ocean and see how adorable they are then.

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  1. 1
    Josh, Official SpokesGay

    MAMMAL MIRROR NEURONS ENGAGED.

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  2. 2
    Glen Davidson

    Otters–the first aquatic animals who realized that water is a lot of fun.

    Glen Davidson

  3. 3
    magistramarla

    Since I live near the ocean and have often seen otters doing this, I have to agree with you here. Otters are almost as cute as cats. The difference is that an otter won’t curl up against your hip, purring and licking your hand lovingly, as my cat is currently doing.

  4. 4
    Keith Peterson

    I wish we would go back to non-mammalian anti-caturday posts.

    Mammals are well… rather boring.

  5. 5
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Otter are cuuuuuuute
    Only they make the most annoying noise
    But they love to snuggle in a big pile and that makes them not only adorable but also smart

  6. 6
    Chris Clarke

    Yeah, try throwing a cat in the ocean and see how adorable they are then.

    If the cat emerges pushing a watermelon, your argument is invalid.

  7. 7
    mythbri

    Awww… They’re Significant Otters!

  8. 8
    'Tis Himself

    mythbri #7

    You otter be ashamed of yourself.

  9. 9
    Daz, when the wind's called Mariah I know a hawk from a handsaw

    What’re the odds that whoever came up with the ‘show related videos’ idea went on to start TV Tropes? That’s another hour (enjoyable, mind) that I won’t get back.

  10. 10
    Sili

    Very funny, Coyne.

    Now be a good biologist and untie PeeZed, please. We get it – you like cuddlies. Hah Hah.

  11. 11
    cicely

    Tiger Cubs’ First Big Swim (The swimming starts at :54.)

    -

  12. 12
    Nentuaby

    PZ, if you’re just going to show other mammals your anti-caturday fervor loses a lot of its sting. :)

  13. 13
    Daz, when the wind's called Mariah I know a hawk from a handsaw

    PZ Coyne, or Jerry Myers? We need a name for this strange and unnatural creature.

  14. 14
    george3

    http://dailyotter.org/rss

  15. 15
    Musca Domestica

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107676/Video-cat-swimming-sea-goes-viral.html

    Ha! Not that otters aren’t really, really, really cute.

    magistramarla wrote:

    …The difference is that an otter won’t curl up against your hip, purring and licking your hand lovingly, as my cat is currently doing.

    The licking thing is actually dominance (in a group, the dominant cat licks the others, like a mother cat). Our family cat would hold your hand with both paws, with claws, to lick it… We chose him when he was 2 days old, and the rest of the batch were put down, so he grew up with grown-up cats. He was mostly lovable, but lacked some boundaries.

  16. 16
    Aquaria

    Cats in the ocean? No problem:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTeETkmHelM

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    F [is for failure to emerge]

    The difference is that an otter won’t curl up against your hip, purring and licking your hand lovingly, as my cat is currently doing.

    I think there is a honking great chunk of the domestic cat population that never got the memo.

    The licking thing is actually dominance (in a group, the dominant cat licks the others, like a mother cat).

    Some cats spend a lot of time dominating their paws and coat. And plastic bags. And carpeting/flooring.

  19. 19
    Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam

    Cappy Haturday to one and all!

    (-:Þ

  20. 20
    culchpile

    Let us not forget Jonathan Coulton’s Furry Old Lobster
    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcmq—FdOg&w=420&h=315

  21. 21
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    Yeah, try throwing a cat in the ocean and see how adorable they are then.

    Pffft. My Maggie is down with water.

    (She looks silly after, sure, but she’s cool with baths.)

  22. 22
    nonny

    Otter-ly adorable.

    But what about the Fishing Cat? Assuming mangroves count as the ocean.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AARgwy6FwsY

    http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AsiaTrail/FishingCats/fishing/default.cfm

  23. 23
    A. R

    Sugar gliders I tell you, sugar gliders! (Or squid with lasers again)

  24. 24
    magistramarla

    Musca Domestica,
    Funny thing is, this cat is the least dominant of all of the animals in this house. My husband’s cat, Dax, is large and in charge as far as he is concerned. He bullies my 100 lb. German Shepherd, and the dog readily agrees that Dax is dominant. Dax is definitely in charge of my cat.
    Conner (the dog) and my cat Casper often have mutual grooming sessions. It’s funny to watch the huge dog licking the ears of the cat and the cat reciprocating by carefully licking the dog’s muzzle.
    All three of them will lick our human hands or feet. For them, it seems more like a symbol of acceptance into the pack than dominance.

  25. 25
    kayden

    I love how they reach out to each other to clasp hands. Too cute!

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