National Zoo Otters Play With Keyboards as Part of Enrichment Program

May 27, 2014 9:48 PM

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National Zoo Otters Play With Keyboards as Part of Enrichment Program

As part of the Washington zoo's animal enrichment program, the Asian small-clawed otters get the chance to create their own music. Their keyboard experiences began on a cold day over the winter when they weren't allowed to go outside -- so one of the keepers brought in a keyboard from home to keep them busy.

Keepers say the goal of the program is to let the animals choose how they want to behave within their environments. The otters can play with the keyboard if they want to, but aren't required to.

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