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Eddie the Otter

Hi all,

Oscar here. 

We animals have something that separates us from you two legged folks—our ability to communicate. We don't speak the same language as you do so we need to find ways to get through by other means. And although this particular point of differentiation is one that is incontrovertible, there are many others that people, for purposes of promoting a variety of agendas, try to substantiate. These include but  are not limited to, everything from the presence of homosexuality in the animal kingdom (true), whether or not animals purely mate for procreation rather than pleasure (false) to whether there are animals that can convince others to commit suicide (false again).

Now, to dispel yet another myth, and as your virtual connection to all important goings on in the Animal Kingdom, I wanted to tell you about Eddie, a sea otter who lived at the Oregon Zoo. Last week, this beloved guy was put to sleep as a result of his age related health decline, after living to the ripe old age of 20 (ancient in otter terms). Aside from his age, Eddie was best known for two things. The first was his dexterity, namely his ability to dunk basketballs. The second was his proclivity towards self-pleasuring. Yep, you heard it here. Animals too enjoy the pleasures of the flesh, sometimes even their own.

Turns out animals aren't so different from us after all.

Til' next time,


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