Links: Alternative Parenting

And finally: Otterly Fascinated

At a recent alternative energy exposition, Dr. Otto Otterby operated a device used to demonstrate a form of perpetual energy — namely, himself.

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13 thoughts on “Links: Alternative Parenting

  1. dubravkamcvmd April 24, 2017 / 8:58 am

    The quantity and intensity of the Awwwww in these links is extraordinary. Mike, did you have to lie down after you assembled these? After watching them I may have to.

    The otter video is fascinating. I wonder how long the otter kept doing that. S/he seemed to get more and more excited by the activity. I would love to know what it was thinking.

    • Smartypants April 24, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      I notice the otter would periodically lose track of the game…”Where’d the ball go? Oh wait, I’m still holding it…” – like a person with their glasses!

      • Dubravkamcvmd April 24, 2017 / 2:19 pm

        That’s one possibility, which could explain what might be growing agitation. Or, s/he had trouble gripping it securely enough?

  2. allein 🐾 April 24, 2017 / 9:38 am

    I’m glad they let us know at the end of the article that prairie dogs are not actually dogs, because up until that point I wasn’t entirely sure the writer knew that…but I am still left wondering why the people brought home a prairie dog in the first place.

    Also, according to my calendar, it is Pig in a Blanket Day.

    • Claire April 24, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Hooray! When I saw that on the calendar, I came here immediately expecting some cute piggies like that. Thanks!

  3. Lucy's Mom April 24, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I am reduced to a big pile of goo after seeing all those surrogate mommies and daddies. The sweetness is just too much!

  4. Gigi the cat lady April 24, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I love the story of the little dog and the kitten in the ravine. I’ve seen many stories about mothers of one species raising babies of another species along with their litter but the fact that a dog that isn’t pregnant or just had a litter would spontaneously produce milk to feed a baby of another species is something I’ve never seen before!

    Nature never ceases to amaze me.

    • Blue Footed Booby April 24, 2017 / 10:06 am

      I’ve read about a family bringing a (human) baby home and the dog spontaneously lactating.

      • Koixka April 24, 2017 / 5:45 pm


  5. Kar April 24, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Love doesn’t recognize boundaries. Its the New American Family!!!

  6. murkle46 April 24, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Surprise!It’s a kitten!In a box!

    • Starfish April 25, 2017 / 1:17 am

      A kitten in a box? Whatever will they think of next? πŸ˜›

  7. Carlotta April 24, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Awww!!! So much love! But I just want to know where to get the otter’s toy, please . (Okay, obviously Japan .)

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