Otter 'juggles' stone and impresses zoo visitors in UK

Ruth Doherty
Otter 'juggles' stone to show off to zoo visitors
Otter 'juggles' stone to show off to zoo visitors

A super-cute otter has been impressing visitors with its juggling skills.

A video, which we first spotted at the Daily Mail, filmed at the Birmingham Conservation Park on 31 March, shows the Asian short-clawed otter throwing a stone against the glass before catching it and rolling it from paw to paw.

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Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is a small zoo on the edge of Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham.

It features mainly small mammals, including the Asian small-clawed otters, meerkats, lynxes, black-and-white ruffed lemur, capybara and ocelots.

The oriental small-clawed otter, also known as the Asian small-clawed otter, is the smallest otter species in the world, weighing less than 5 kg.

In the wild, it lives in mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands of Bangladesh, Burma, India, southern China, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Its paws are a distinctive feature, its claws not extending beyond the fleshy end pads of its partially webbed fingers and toes. This gives it a high degree of manual dexterity so that it can use its paws to feed on molluscs, crabs and other small aquatic animals.

The oriental small-clawed otter lives in extended family groups with only the alpha pair breeding; offspring from previous years help to raise the young.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, pollution, and hunting in some areas, the oriental small-clawed otter is evaluated as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Baby otter has lots of fun playing with sheet of ice
Baby otter has lots of fun playing with sheet of ice