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Sep 23, 2008

Rest in peace Lil' McOttersons...

Peeps, we've just learned that the lil' Otter who stole yer heart by holding hands (no kidding, watch for it!) with her ottermate has passed away. Apparently, "Nyac" the otter even made it through the Exxon Valdez spill! I did not know that.

Let's do an encore presentayshe for the lil' trooper. It's absolutely one of our favorite videos of all time.

Thanks for letting us know the sad news, Kimberly R. and Kim B. :(

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Juniper Jupiter
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:33 PM

I think there's something in my eye ...

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:34 PM

This makes me sad. ;.;

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:36 PM

The movie that make two million ova explode.

The immediate response, what about his pal? Who's going to hold his hand now?

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Oh how sad, I loved seeing this little guy in person. I will miss him!

The Chatty Housewife
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:56 PM

I'm sorry, I meant Milo, Nyac's friend. I'm more than happy to hold that little paw.


 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:59 PM

Nyac and his companion showed us what love is, caring for each other no matter what.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:08 PM

To Kar:

They actually have another, but younger, female otter. She has been there for several years and had been spending time with Milo (the other otter).

I remember seeing Nyac when I was a little girl going to the Vancouver aquarium all the way up until I went to the aquarium last year.

It's going to be weird not seeing her anymore.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Happy fishing in the next world, Mr. Otter. Hope you have many happy hands to hold!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:11 PM

if anyone gets angels it's otters

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Aww, I *love* this video, and it's so especially touching knowing that he's passed away. So sad :(

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:34 PM

RIP little floaty buddy :(

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:48 PM

If it's any comfort, the average lifespan of a sea otter is 10-12 years, though some have been known to make it to 25.

If Nyac lived through the Exxon Valdez spill, which was 19 years ago, he was probably 20 or more himself, so he had a nice long life.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:55 PM


 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Oops. HTML hearts don't work. Aww so sad the other otter had to die.. I LOVE this video.. holding hands while still twirling in the water.. :(

[Here, you can borrow this one... ♥ - Ed.]

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 12:09 AM

Good bye I hope you are happy in that place beyond the pain of this world. Play long and joyfully good bye.-Woods Walker

Woods Walker
 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 01:28 AM

Sad sad sad.

Hon Glad
 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 02:04 AM


Goodbye little cutie.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 02:38 AM

Godspeed li'l otter. You've earned that wee halo for bringing joy to so many.

Sniff. He's spinning and and holding paws with the angels now.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 03:05 AM


 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 03:30 AM

Baroooooo! Sleep well, little Nyac. :(

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 03:34 AM

I hate it when life bites you in the butt...

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 03:38 AM

I think whatever got in geneticlemon's eye floated over to mine. :'(

RIP lil' McOtterson

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 04:18 AM

Awwww, poor little buddy, hope he's in otter heaven.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 04:30 AM

squishy floating belly!! so sad news for first thing in the morning! This video will always touch my heart...

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 05:05 AM

I just remembered--I was in Vancouver about a year and a half ago--and I must have seen these otters! I'm so sad and so happy! Laughing and crying again thanks to Cuteoverload.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 05:12 AM

Thanks, Brandi -- It does help to remember that for some of our fellow creatures 20 years is a long, full life. Although-- maybe it's just my sad and selfish state of mind today -- I have to say, sometimes it just plain sucks to go through life outliving so many of our sweet furry companions.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 05:34 AM

Awww...I love that video. So sweet. I know they will be reunited in otter heaven one day.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 05:41 AM

Ya know how you see something cute and you and your partner add it to the secret little language only the two of you share? A little lover-inside joke?

Well... sometimes when laying in bed, instead of holding hands, we just press our hands together and just have sweet Otter love.

Thank you, Otter Friends, for giving us something kind and gentle to share.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 05:41 AM

it's a weepy day... I'm waiting to take my little guinea piggeh to the vet to send to the Rainbow Bridge. This is the third time he's been sick in a couple months, and although I tried to hand feed him last night and this morning, he is just not responding this time... I think it's time to let him go...

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 06:29 AM


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 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 06:30 AM

*sigh* So precious! If one of my dogs is sleeping, the other one will lay next to it and rest its chin on the others back..like "are you asleep? What are you doing? I'm here! ok..I'll take a nap too". Animals are such a good example of unconditional love.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 06:36 AM

@Ceejoe, I hear ya. My 17-year-old cat, Stinky, who has chronic renal failure, is going to the vet this morning, and I am petrified that it may be his time. I never could have been ready to let him go. He is the best cat in the world, ever. He is my heart. You are so brave to know the right time and face it for your little buddy.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 06:40 AM

@Theresa - you will have the strength you need be/c you love him.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 06:46 AM

ceejoe and Theresa, my thoughts are with you and your furry companions.

RIP sweet fuzzy McOtter...the best part of that video was the bigger one reaching out and grabbing the "hand" again...you can't help but melt.

Jenn in IL
 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 06:57 AM

(T_T) Again! I think we all need a break from the bad news.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 07:01 AM

He can swim under the Rainbow Bridge :)
Goodbye, my little otter friend!

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 07:11 AM

There is something so incredibly peaceful and relaxing about this vid-- aside from the off-the-charts cuteness and sweetness. They look like they are doing some kind of dual meditation, and are perfectly in synch. How wonderful to float around with your bestest buddy or sweetheart.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 07:13 AM

ceejoe and Theresa I hope you can find some comfort knowing you gave your lil' buddies the best life possible. They love you and know you love them, and that is the best thing in the whole world.

Jess <3's Sandy
 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 07:20 AM

Oh, geez, I've already been having a hard time controling my emotions and this isn't making it any easier.


God's speed little buddy and thanks for the lasting impression of love and companionship.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 07:26 AM

It's a really sad day here in Vancouver. Nyac will be missed.

For those of you that may want a bit more information about what happened you can check out the Vancouver Aquarium's website. They also have an Otter Cam... http://www.vanaqua.org/ottercam/

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 07:43 AM

Desk - thanks so much for the link. I'd love to see them all in Vancouver.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 08:00 AM

Someone dub that over with Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" and give Christian the Lion a run for his money!

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 08:09 AM

Let's be thankful that Nyac survived the oil spill. Too many animals, cute or not-so-cute, did not survive. May we never see anything like that happen again.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 08:26 AM

If any ground is Consecrate, this ground is.
If any day is Holy, it is this day.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 08:42 AM

@ michellemybelle - i've never thought of what's UNDER the Rainbow Bridge. =0)

Nyac, i'm going to hold someone's hand today in memory of you.

 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 08:48 AM

For those of you who are not Vancouver natives and interested in reading more about sweet Nyac, there was an article published in the paper today and can be viewed online:


 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 08:49 AM

There's a special place in heaven for that dear little one. God bless you, Nyac. Someone is thinking of you today.

Teri Liptak
 |  Sep 24, 2008 at 09:07 AM

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