Otter Hates Parents, Dreams of Living Alone

January 21 | 1 Comment

I was outside yesterday when I heard a ruckus from down the road. It was my neighbor and her son. She was having a screaming match about what a lazy slug he was.

I know the feeling.

Even at my advanced age I get into screaming matches with my parents. It’s always “Bo No!” this, and “Bo No!” that. They don’t give me any space. So of course I bark back. Not immediately mind you, but when they’re comfortable on the couch or sleeping in their bed. I love hearing the old man yell, “Bo, shut up!”

It’s almost better than a treat. Almost.

So I can sympathize with the main character in today’s story from the Metro.UK, an otter named Mo.

A young otter who amazed visitors to a wildlife centre by climbing up a 15ft tree may have been carrying out an act of ‘teenage rebellion’, according to experts.

Staff at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire said it was ‘very unusual’ to see the creatures scrambling up branches. But one theory is that the otter, named Mo, may have been ‘flexing her teenage muscles’ and trying to prove herself.

Slimbridge spokeswoman Sally Munro said: ‘It’s the otter equivalent of stomping upstairs to your room and slamming the door.’

The centre’s mammal manager, John Crooks, said: ‘This is certainly very unusual behaviour for an otter, but I think maybe she is going through some kind of teenage rebellion. Otters are strong mammals and she is climbing progressively higher each time so she seems to be very determined and headstrong.

The other theory is that, much like other teenagers, Mo is just trying to get a bit of peace and quiet away from her annoying siblings. Crooks suggested: ‘Perhaps she just wants to be left alone or to have a bit of space from her younger sisters and up a tree is the best place for her to do it!

Mo, a a North American River otter, is four years old.

Four years old? Heck, that makes her pert near 28 human years old. A little old to be throwing a temper tantrum. Eh, who am I kidding, I’m a 110 and still have them. Welcome to the club, kid.


One Response to “Otter Hates Parents, Dreams of Living Alone”

  1. Odysseus on January 24th, 2010 11:48 pm

    I am four too does that mean I can start rebelling! I mean if it is good enough for an otter. Guess I will go back and check your book for some ideas on how to make some mischief.

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