Not the first time we’ve celebrated the playfulness of otters in these pages.  This description of the artful animal turning the tables on would-be human tamers is a delight.  You start by throwing a ball and end up being the one who runs to fetch it.

But when one plays ball with an otter the situation gets out of hand from the start; it is the otter who throws the ball – to a remarkable distance – and the human who fetches it.

See another example of this ludic-lutine behaviour.  And enjoy also our celebratory review of the other otter classic, Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter.  

Source: Gavin Maxwell, Ring of Bright Water (London: Penguin, 1974), p. 126

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