You Need To See This Video Of Otters Going Nuts Over A Stick

The lockdown has served as an unwanted reminder that doing too much can move too much for the soul trapped inside. The same is true of animals, which is why all the zoos in the world had to be very creative when the total lack of visitors meant that their animals needed some extra entertainment.

One zoo even went so far as to place a video link between their chimpanzee and another zoo so they could chimpanzee each other (sorry, not sorry). Providing attractive enrichment is a constant battle for scientists and zookeepers, as intelligent creatures will soon exhaust even the most novel activities. Otters (those who can juggle) have given everything from puzzles to Orangutan roommates for entertainment, but a recent video has served as a wonderful reminder that simple things can bring us (and Asian little-claw knots) a lot of joy.

Heart-warming scenes unfold at the Taranga Western Plain Zoo in New South Wales, Australia, as part of an event aimed at protecting Asian short-nails. In wild areas, these animals face many struggles as human behaviors continue to limit their range. Limited to small habitats, they are at risk from predators who hunt them illegally for their greedy fur. Asian small-toothed logs at the zoo protected from this threat, keeping them free from pleasure in common things like food and large sticks of bamboo like heckin. The mesmerizing video, captured by keeper Amy Stark, shows the animals descending on a hidden bamboo branch like a curve of curiosity.

While there were more miraculous plans most of the older otter bushes, it seems younger members just need to move on to the nuts and shake the way they can get their jaws. “Who would have thought that the bamboo branch would be so much fun to play with,” Taranga Western Plains Zoo wrote in a caption on their YouTube channel. Mum Jafar was interested in using bamboo for building materials, but the young men in the family were interested in playing tug-of-war with it!” 

Taranga West Plain Zoo’s YouTube channel is a treasure trove of innovative animal videos, including the debut of their newborn and educational discussion. Sometimes, however, it is better to kickback.