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The Force is Strong with this Otter

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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The Force is Strong with this Otter
Brook on her 17th Birthday. May 20, 2014  | Hugh Ryono

Brook is a well known Sea Otter. She is one of the otters that guests meet in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Sea Otter Encounter. An image of her has gone viral as the Otter in the Mirror. And for the last decade Star Wars fans have enjoyed the viral online video of her wielding a light saber. The Force must be strong with this otter as this May 20th she turned 17 years old. She is the oldest female Southern Sea Otter under zoological care in the world.

Brook was found orphaned in San Francisco Bay back in 1997. She was deemed unreleasable due to her habituation with people and would later find a home at the newly built Aquarium of the Pacific in 1998.

Brook doesn’t show her age at all. Thanks to the excellent veterinary care she receives at the Aquarium of the Pacific she is able to stand ramrod straight on her hind legs showing off her strength and coordination. Her mind is still sharp as a tack. She remembers and performs all of her trained behaviors perfectly when asked. She also mentors the young orphan otter pups that find their way to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Despite the fact that her persona to most people viewing her video is that of Darth Otter, she is more Yoda than Vader. The most patient of the Aquarium’s otters she is the one that pups are introduced to first before they join the exhibit. She is also as patient with new staff as she is with pups. The Sea Otter version of a Jedi Master.

Happy Birthday Brook. May the Force be with You!

The Force is Strong with this Otter
Brook wielding a light saber.  | Hugh Ryono
The Force is Strong with this Otter
Brook posing with her Birthday Cake on May 20th, 2014.  | Hugh Ryono
The Force is Strong with this Otter
Even at 17 years old Brook can stand ramrod straight showing off her strength and coordination. Brook standing tall on her birthday. May 20th, 2014  | Hugh Ryono
The Force is Strong with this Otter
This image of Brook checking out herself in a mirror went viral last year.  | Hugh Ryono

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