Sashimi breakfast for pet otters

It can’t be a picnic living with an otter, but these people have two of them: Kotaro and Hana. I don’t know how these people got Asian Small-Clawed Otters (Aonyx cinareus), but so be it. At least they’re litter-trained and get really fancy food, as you can see from this video.

Here are the YouTube notes:

Hello! We live in Japan with two Asian Small-Clawed Otters.

Kotaro: Male, DOB 11/10/2017 Kotaro has a scar on his tail from being bitten by another otter when he was still a baby.

Hana: Female, DOB 11/24/2018.

They have been toilet trained; they use a special pad that is designed for small dogs.

Since I’m using a translation function, my sentences might come out strange. Please provide me with corrections if anything is translated improperly.

Kotaro and Hana have their own YouTube channel, so you might check it out for some other squee videos. This one’s good, and again they get really fancy food. The fish bill must be astounding.


  1. jezgrove
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Unbelievably cute – thanks!

  2. BobTerrace
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 2:39 pm | Permalink


  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Shouldn’t they be in the water? Is this even legal?

    • Posted September 11, 2020 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      It is a mistake to think they live in water – they use water for hunting but they cannot stay there all the time. Sea otters spend way more time in the water. Both have to take extra care of their fur though, & freshwater otters would probably die if they were not able to come out of the water as they would get waterlogged.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted September 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

        Of course I was not saying they need to be in the water all the time but I assume that is where they get their food. Is there a living room otter as well?

  4. GBJames
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Talk about cute!

  5. A.Le
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    My mouth went dry watching sashimi get eaten with no soy sauce.

  6. Posted September 11, 2020 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Interesting that they don’t seem to worry about sharing food as much as cats do. Our cats are very conscious of which one is supposed to eat from which plate. Stealing from the other’s plate happens, of course, but they know when they’re doing it. These otters seem not to care.

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Don’t let Honey see this, boss; she’ll expect tins of Beluga from Dean & DeLuca.

  8. merilee
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Love their crunching

  9. Stephen Barnard
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    To be honest, this looks excessive to me, and I question the judgement and ethics of keeping otters in an apartment.

  10. ploubere
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Adorable. It would be good to get the backstory of how they came into possession of two otters.

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