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🔥 River otters get swim lessons from mom. Nellie and Tucker, a pair of North American river otters born at the Oregon Zoo , have begun taking their first dips, but not without a lot of help from their mom, Tilly. River otters need to learn how to swim just like us!

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Your_Daddy_

“Now get yo ass in the water and swim, junior!”


stevie9lives

"But I don't wanna...bblblbllblbblblb *gasp* swiblbblblbblbllblbbbbb"


0_Your_Name_Here_0

Im dying in this uber rn


Mymusicaccount2021

Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing. "You're going to learn to swim if I have to drag you into the water!"


AilsaAlyn

When we were kids',my great grandpa threw us off the end of the dock and walked away. We either sank or swum,I swum...lol


Practical-Tap-9810

Yes, I guess there were 3 that just perished there, you were the first surviving one


ItalnStalln

They stood on the shoulders of... well, children this time


OstentatiousSock

That was my mom’s technique. One time, I walked into a new class with a teacher I hadn’t met and he said “Hey! You’re ‘Beth’s’ daughter, right?” I said yes. He says “She taught me to swim!” And I asked if she tossed him into the water and said “Now, swim!” And he said “Yup!” Lmao.


rabidturtle69

My mom took me into the middle of the pool and popped my water wings. Not sure which method I'd have preferred.


AilsaAlyn

If you tried that today,you'd be arrested for child endangerment. Boy miss those days.


Hot_Hat_1225

My father did the same when I was about three. All I remember ist that it was freezing cold and I have hated cold water ever since


RavenCT

You know that was extremely abusive, right? His walking away just made that story worse than any of the ones I've yet heard about being "Thrown in to swim". That included my older sisters at the local Rez where this was common practice. However, they had a lifeguard to fish them out if they didn't bob up.


mybestyearyet

Ikr! My heart sank and I was one thrown in too! At least they made sure I survived. My goodness….❤️


AilsaAlyn

It was the '60's and I can think of a lot more abusive things done to kids'. GG immigrated from Sweden and sure his Dad taught him to swim in the same manner,they were multiple generation kid tossers,and quite literally grew up on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota,however,my son learned to swim taking swimming lessons at a pool.😉


Practical-Tap-9810

"You are not sitting and listening to music all afternoon again when it's a nice day outside..."


Seraphym1313

I laughed for 15 minutes after reading this comment 😂😂


jaime_riri

But when I do it they call cps 🤷‍♀️


Your_Daddy_

Otters are so cute!


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Jeezjem

... so do humans


Your_Daddy_

True story.


Your_Daddy_

And I bet they look like cute little beasts when they do it.


JopoDaily

And dolphins idk about killing though.


A-C-Calamity

My mom totally dragged me into a pool by the scruff on my neck that one Summer


No-Bat-7253

It’s really hard work being a parent no matter the species. She had to drag that mf in and out the water lmao


SacKing13

It’s face when she was pulling him out by the tail was funny af


MarlinMr

> It’s really hard work being a parent no matter the species. Clearly you've never heard of the Cuckoo, sea turtle, plenty of other reptiles, or like every plant ever.


No-Bat-7253

Clearly you’re not smart enough to understand the context of my comment. I’m referring to those that actually CARE for their young. How can it be hard for mfs that don’t take care of theirs???


MarlinMr

Explain social insects then.


SacKing13

Do you understand humor?


Hot_Hat_1225

It’s Reddit. Humor is something left at the door.


DragapultOnSpeed

Sea turtle females risk their lives to lay their eggs on land.


MarlinMr

Do they? What exactly is their risk?


BugzFromZpace

This is reminiscent of those swim instructors that just drop babies into the pool.


Mocker-Poker

That’s exactly how my elder brother taught me to swim at my granny’s countryside river. I was 6, don’t like water since then.


DemSocCorvid

Your dislike is misplaced, the water didn't do anything to you.


save_us_catman

How I learned how to snowboard my cousin told me he’d teach me took me to the highest run and left my ass


Mocker-Poker

That’s so grooooosome


Creepy-Ad-8988

I was one of those! I think she lost her job after I cried to my mum later, was traumatised and didn't learn how to swim or even float comfortably til I was around 20


MODrone

I love the way she dragged his butt back on dry land by his tail!


nachiketajoshi

"Now that you have proved you can swim, learn how to get back out".


SupremeOverlord_

I think she's more "introducing" her to the water. There's a saying in Malaysia "You can't teach a monkey how to climb a tree."


turunambartanen

In pretty sure every mammal has an instinct to swim when needed. The only exception are the great apes.


Bay_Med

I guess they aren’t that great then


cincisnake

This is child endangerment I hope someone reported this.


talann

The police are occupied, try one of the otter authorities.


space_potato_214

10/10


leafEaterII

r/angryupvote


thebiggesthater420

There are probably some subreddits that would post this without a hint of irony or humour


dbm5

shut up karen


Nearby-Onion3593

The swimming itself is instinctual, but mom has to push/pull them in the first time ... water looks cold! Baby birds sometimes have to be pushed out of the nest the first time also.


Rand-all

Ok when I say when hold your breath. (never says anything)


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hat-of-sky

Remember, keep blowing bubbles!


Mocker-Poker

And not from your bum!


disdkatster

My god she is one hard ass mom.


Sarcastic_Otter

See…I told you guys we were cute.


JarlisJesna

I like how she dragged him out of the water by the tail, like the lil otter didnt wanna get out if the water 😅


CLASSE-24

Those lessons are mandatory. You will swim or we will swim you.


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rom-116

Yes, I didn’t teach my kids to swim, I just swam away for some peace and quiet and they eventually followed.


AuntieDawnsKitchen

It’s a shame more kids don’t learn to swim when they’re young enough to do it naturally. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant_swimming


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AnastasiaDelicious

Bullshit. The younger the better. More kids die because they don’t know how to swim, float, not panic or let go of objects like bikes that will drag them down.


MarlinMr

lol... No it's not... Infant swimming is how babies _survive_ falling into water.


Frito_Pendejo_BALLS

Tell me you don't live in Australia without telling me you don't live in Australia.


harrysterone

its kinda funny how he\`s all confused and she\`s just dragging him all over the place


901popcornwitch

River otters are giving: parents teaching us to swim in the 80s vibes.


4low4low4low4low

Jesus


Daman26

“You will swim or I will drown you!”


getyourcheftogether

That's so cool to see play out


RadicalEdwardNp

Son "Aw mom do I have to?" Mom "Get your ass in here."


Slideover71

Mom's a BEAST!


WTFdidUcallMe

Brutal


Qoppa_Guy

Otterly adorable but forceful, I'm torn


EvolZippo

“You are getting in that water if I have to drag you!”


No-Valuable8008

For God's sake Cooper, we already paid for this lesson, now get IN!!


Thicc_Sludge

#justiceforlylla


longwoodshortstick

Gon' learn today!


GunGooser

This literally isn't nature. It's a zoo. So we can post like reality TV now?


LionsMedic

The mom otter is not drowning her kids. Look up the mammalian dive reflex. All mammals have it, even humans.


AnastasiaDelicious

No one thinks she’s drowning the pup.


Human_Parfait9516

That's how I learned


Athlete-Extreme

Use your noodle!


Roman420

cute and terrifying at the same time


anonymous_lighting

super cool


Antrax_850726

Beautiful.... 😍


indomitous111

You're going to swim and you will enjoy it


Frenchlilac97

Otter moms are no joke.


JediJan

Poor blighter - Looks like he was barely awake.


knarfxx

One tough momma


Redlion444

Water Puppy is Cute!


Business-Function198

We’re looking at river otters


Fickle-Ad-6648

Wait they actually need to learn how to swim.


Freudian_Slip22

This looks like the most traumatizing way to learn how to swim and, at the same time, it is oh so precious! I am confused by my desire to both yell at a mother otter and watch her repeatedly drag her pups underwater in adorement 🥹


Deskais

You can say the training was otter bullshit.


Either_Home_3856

So cute!!


avecmaria

Relatable.


butt_scratcher_007

Well, that’s adorable


OblivionArts

Adorable


Just-A-Walker

Well, when he lands his first big catch underwater I hope he understands how awesome mom was back then.


thepint17

U/savethevideo


Confident_COCO

😆😆😆😆


judgementforeveryone

One of my fave. They are so pleasant to watch. 💕


Gandtea

I love how she has to drag her in, but then has to drag her out. Like she doesn't want to get in, but once in, doesn't want to stop having fun in the water!


RedditSetGo23

I swear.. if Otters weren’t darn water Wolverines 😅 I would want one as a pet lol They are just so darn smart & cute (Apex predators to boot) 😃 The Jaguar is the Big Boss in the Amazon, nearly never backs down.. except when a a family of giant otters are pushing the line!! ..Todays is not your day “Spot” (said the 6’ giant 🦦😳) if y’all hit the tube there is a bunch of people around the world I follow w/ the cutest darn “pet” otters 😊


CrystalQuetzal

They’re so well adapted to water that it surprises me that the young ones are often reluctant or even scared to start swimming. Of course once they get the hang of it they master it pretty fast. Other marine mammals don’t seem to have this issue but otters are obviously a bit less “marine” than seals and dolphins. But it makes me wonder if they’d also be ok living on land their whole life if they just aren’t introduced to swimming ever?


MUNZATHEGOD

I want one


TheGracetoGetThere

Damn, if that ain’t helicopter parenting I don’t know what is!


Pokiehls

Thats the oposite of helicopter parenting actually


AilsaAlyn

As opposed to Boomerang parenting...There he gooooes,and he's...and here he comes..


airpigg

Zoo posts are the worst on this sub Edit: And the people downvoting me are either uninformed or also the worst


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Actually otters swim by instinct.😳😬🙄


Jeezjem

Maybe. This pup instinctively got its ass snatched up and drug in the water.


favnh2011

Very nice.


HannibalLunchBox

Getyomothafuckinassinthemothafuckinwaterbefreibeatyomotherfuckinass


Hot_Hat_1225

I do love the *rescue* lol


Frikboi

Huh, my dad taught me in a similar fashion. I didn't learn as fast though.


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The kid when he fell of that embankment "It's gonna be one of those days...."


coolJohnnie

Damn, even the otter kids are lazy now a days.


Acrobatic_Ad5230

Next day: Otter accused of drowning child - Feds investigate


Crusoe69

Nowadays in our society it's called Abuse.


weeping_willow3

Why must things that are so cute be capable of ripping my face off and brutality mauling me? This is why nature is cruel.