Neener, Neener, Can’t Catch Me!

Aw, what’s the matter, pal? Can’t slink in and out of this fence like I can?

Gee, that’s just too bad… (heh, heh, heh)

From the uploader’s notes at YouTube: “Every evening a river otter comes to play with our daughter’s dog Rio. What was once an acquaintance on the other side of the fence has now become a friend who comes to play through the fence. It has been interesting to watch as their trust of each other has developed over the past several months.”


  1. ashagato says:

    Love love love!!!

  2. Fird Birfle says:

    John, Paul, George and Ringo

  3. *claps*

  4. Fird Birfle says:


  5. Very cute!

  6. Where is this magical place they live where river otters just slink into your backyard to play with your pets? I want to go to there!

  7. hmstracylee says:

    hahahaah I had the exact same thought: “Where is this dream world and how do I get there?!”

  8. My guess is you have to go thrue a wardrobe to bet there.

  9. Grrr…get there (shtoopid fingers)

  10. my schnappers aren’t working, either! we need some ruby slippers!

  11. I’d even go there by tornado!

  12. even better!

  13. warrior rabbit says:

    Jacksonville, FL according to the owner on YT.

  14. Those two are just having SO MOYSHE FUN!

  15. kibblenibble says:

    We can learn so much from our furry friends!

  16. like, be cute and hirsute and someone will feed, house and adore you and also clean your poo. in addition, magical slinky friends will appear.

  17. THAT’S AWESOME!!!!

  18. katfighter says:

    I want a river otter to come to my backyard and play with me!

  19. O.K. ! I’m on my back COME GET ME !!!!!!!

  20. i know! when did otters learn the submit/play position?!

  21. cellarmouse says:

    they probly invented it…nothin’ loves to play like a mustelid…plenty of leisure time and not too many natural enemies (‘cept in florida, don’t they hafta watch out for alligators?…maybe the de*th roll is just a thrill ride for them)…

  22. “plays with mustelids.”

    i have a dream.

  23. Fird Birfle says:

    Fla + gators ????

    TOTally, man.
    Maybe not in paved downtown cityscapes, but there’s LOTSA
    water-y places in Fla…..
    (*plays intro music for “Jaws” ….)

  24. skippymom says:

    My mother told me she recently saw a video showing a cat who kept slapping an alligator when it tried to eat some chicken, and the alligator finally gave up.
    Ever witnessed anything like this, Firfle?

  25. skippymom, it just proves, once again, that cats are the lords of the universe! lol

  26. Fird Birfle says:

    wow, sk’mom.
    Now THAT’s a gato with cahones. Or ovaries. Either way.

    Nope, can’t say that I’ve witnessed such a Thug Cat.
    But I def. believe it.

  27. Oh my freakin’ Bob! Thankyou Cute Overload, my life is now complete.

  28. smallthunder says:

    My boyfriend has been telling me that — yes — someday, the cat is going to snuggle up with the dog. Like we sometimes see on CO.
    Since the closest the cat has come to that is to give the dog a “high five” — with all claws extended, mind you — I’ve been telling my (two-legged) love that he is out of his bloomin’ mind …
    But now …
    Yes, but now I believe ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
    A dog playing with a river otter! And a river otter playing with a dog! Together! Playing!
    Watch for the “Tag! You’re it!” bit at 0:51.

  29. Mamabear says:

    :51 ‘tag’ is priceless, nice catch!

  30. 6rabbits says:

    My fav part! Also, so in AWE of this whole spectacle!!! (imagine my jaw-dropped-open, incredulous face here)

  31. Blue Footed Booby says:

    My lurcher used to like cats until my labrador taught him to hate. :(

  32. This truly is amazing. I know otters are famous for being playful, but it never occurred to me a wild otter would make a playmate out of a domestic dog — or anything else but another otter, for that matter. Are the otters and the coyotes, or the otters and the foxes, or the otters and the raccoons, frolicking and cavorting, and we just don’t get to see it? Where’s the advantage to the otter? This makes nature seem a lot less grim than it usually does. “Red in tooth and …” wait, I see two of the predators playing pretend wrestling games for no apparent reason except the joy of it.

  33. cmjones1610 says:

    A great book, When Elephants Weep, has other fascinating stories of animals playing, for no other reason than the simple enjoyment of it.

  34. cmjones1610 says:

    (btw, this is me, formerly ceejoe… flippin’ wordpress…)

  35. I hear you ceejoe, Wend has been transmogrified into ‘ lds7yrs’…

  36. Fird Birfle says:

    If nothing else, at least the snafu has given you an opportunity to use
    the word “transmogrified” !!!!

  37. polar bears that are near starving w/hunger have been observed to play with sled dogs that are chained in place and would otherwise make good eatin’.

  38. River the dog and a river otter –
    It takes two to play on the teeter totter!

    (Although, according to Wikipedia, River Otter actually is a river settled in, well, Otter Valley in Cornwall, rising near Otterford from the Otterhead Lakes, passing through Upottery, Ottery St. Mary, Otterton and the Otter nature reserve.
    Perfect vacation spot if you love to say Otter. Otter otter otter. Otter.)

  39. Thanks for the ear-worm, Bunny Hop! Otter Otter Otter Otter Otter.

  40. CathyDee says:

    What about Ottery St. Catchpole? Ooooh–maybe this is Hermione’s patronus!!!!

  41. Mary (the first) says:

    What Michael said, for me too! How wonderful this is that they play just to play, with a species you’d never expect to play together. Just lovely.

  42. Who has fish breath? You do!
    Who has kibble breath? You do!
    Who cares?
    Not me!
    Not me!

  43. haw!

  44. Credit too for the absence of a soundtrack! *prayer hands* Thank you! Hasn’t that just become so clannoying nowadays? (Annoying + cloying = clannoying.)

    Now back to the cute!

  45. You know what’s also SO cute? Like priceless cute? When going about his regular otter days at some point the otter remembers it’s time to go see Rio. That’s impossibly cute!

  46. AMEN!

  47. Rumi saying “amen” is pretty priceless too. :)

  48. theoriginalmel says:

    Yeah, he keeps it in his Otter Day Planner.

    “Thursday, 5:00 pm. – Pester ‘Kibble Breath’ at the metal fence on S. River St.”

  49. That’s it! Pester and drive him a little nuts. Especially with the through the fence into the water and back again maneuver. Go Otters!

  50. Hah! I think you mean, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…

  51. totally!

  52. This is just incredible.

  53. The delight has made me speachless. I’m writing this comment just to make sure that this piece makes its way to the Cutest Posts of 2012 series. With dogs and otters playing together, the world is so beautiful!

  54. Mamabear says:

    Cheese and grits! That is cute as all…Satan’s house!!11!!

    I could really go on…really, but I’ll spare you the insanity and find another way to sort through my arrrrghhhhheeeeeeee…

    Also, hounddog who loves otter? We’ll call him an Otterhound! Wait, they have those already? They look nothing like this hound? They HUNT otters?!! Noooooo!

  55. Serious groan. I’m not sure that’s how the breed got their name but it sure looks like fun.

  56. Mamabear says:

    Yup, Otterhounds are scent hounds with webby feet and were used to hunt otter because humans didn’t like otters eating the fish in England. :( That practice is banned now, :) but they retain the name.

    It looks nothing like this dog, though.

  57. Teresa in St Louis (formerly of KC) says:

    There otter be a law…..about C.0. posting anything that cute. My head has exploded

    I <3 it.

  58. victoreia says:

    I saw what you did there…..

  59. Cats and otters! Playing together! Cue mass hysteria.

  60. I can´t believe that a wild animal like an otter would play with a domestic pet! And that the dog would not just kill the otter! THAT IS JUST THE BEST, MAGICAL THING IN THE WORLD! *beams*

  61. It was meant to be! Rio is river in Spanish! River the dog, playing with a river otter! I think they should name the otter, Brook.

  62. Lerrinus says:

    Water good idea! ;-)

  63. smallthunder says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or groan at that pun — maybe both?

  64. Exactly!! Hmm… I believe I shall name my dog (if/when I ever get one) Supercutebunnybabiesandotherweelittlecuddlyforestcritters, then build a fence with large gaps in it around the garden (if/when I ever get one), and place myself and dog in said garden. And then we’ll just wait.
    Foolproof plan, that’s what it is.

  65. HAHA!

  66. victoreia says:

    Can I be there when you call your dog for dinner?

    (Talk about embarrassing! “Oh-oh, you’re in trouble, Supe. Your hoomin’s yelling out your full name again!”)

  67. skippymom says:

    Not to mention the humiliation if he’s out there trying to be a tough guy with the other dogs. Might as well just call him Sue.

  68. Oh right. Didn’t think that through. Guess I sould call him Super around other dogs, then. That would work. Up until “Your name is Super?” “Yeah, Super. …well, … actually…”

  69. Robin Kiesel says:

    Reminds me of when my daughter was little. When the chicks would hatch, she would sit in the chicken pen and pretend to be a boulder so that she could steal a baby fluff from the mother hen and snuggle it!

  70. What a wonderful childhood your daughter must have had!!! <3

  71. hmstracylee says:

    in this corn-ah, we have the reigning champeen, Ottahhhhh!
    and in this corn-ah, the challangah, Reeeeooooohhhh!
    (a la Bugs Bunneh boxing cartoonies)

  72. Wow!

  73. I think it’s very thoughtful of the dog’s owners to put in a fence with gaps that perfectly match the the size of the otter. Perhaps we all should consider river otters when putting in fences.

  74. Zenabean says:

    Fun time is not limited to same species!
    I think the highest level of cuteness is interspecies snorkling!!!!

  75. eeeeeeeeeee! romping otter on land! dog-otter playtime!

  76. “His name is Rio….”

    Wait wrong decade… :D

  77. Starfish says:

    Aaaaaaaand thank you for the earworm.

    Let’s hope this works.

  78. Starfish says:

    Nuts! The embed didn’t take. My unfamiliarity with WordPress is showing…

  79. Links still works. XD

  80. That is awesome!

  81. So awesome! I wonder how young/old the otter is? I hope they’ll be bestest playmates for a very long time :)

  82. This is beyond fantastic! I love how happy they are. Such best pals! Love love love this.

  83. Not exactly interspecies snorgaling, uh, snorguling?, maybe snaguling, snipaling, nipaling??

  84. Chris B. says:

    At least it is not an alligator trying to play with the dog.

  85. Willowood says:

    I love this. It’s awwwwwwsome!!!

  86. I second the amazingness. I want to play with an otter!!! (I’d play with the puppy too)

  87. This is my favorite video in the world. I love watching them play together.

  88. skippymom says:

    This is the very most awesomest thing I have ever seen in my whole entire life. Well, OK, that I’ve seen today.

  89. Till the next video is posted here… :)

  90. OMG…the sneak attack was possibly my favorite part. I love how gentle Rio is when playing with her friend.
    Gah…this just made my day :)

  91. They are so cute but for me even cuter is teh memory of my husband teaching our daughters Neener, Neener, Neener… You Can’t Catch me!

    all inclusive with the Butt shake side to side hand on hip! In time to the chant!

  92. victoreia says:

    Otters….Nature’s mischief-makers!

    I say we need a “Best Friends” tag!

  93. Second that!

  94. Everyone involved is so lucky and blessed. Otter and pup for finding cool friends in each other and the humans for getting to witness it and I am happy they appreciate it!

  95. Patricia says:

    Someone commented on the lack of a soundtrack, but there is a sound in the background: it is the unmistakable call of the mourning dove.

  96. Absolutely beautiful! Why can’t humans get along like this?

  97. The rainstorm and the river are my brothers…
    the heron and the otter are my friends…
    and we are all connected to each other,
    in a circle, in a hoop that never ends!

  98. Wow. That that was actually very literary. Nice job.

  99. That’s a verse from a song from the Disney movie Pocohontas.

  100. Fuzzalina says:

    This is just the greatest thing EVAR.

  101. Aside from the otter kind of being a cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater, this is darn adorable!

  102. kitty freek says:

    That was 1:17 mins vaaary well spent :)


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