Otter 'juggles' stone and impresses zoo visitors in UK

Cute otter shows off for visitors in Birmingham

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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.

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