otter at the natural history museum

Best Otter Outing EVER!!

You won’t believe where we went last week …a place called the Natural History Museum (just so you know, this is actually the best place in the world ever). To understand this place you first have to know what history is, and history is basically anything that has happened already, like last Tuesday for example, last Tuesday is now history. Some history is more interesting than other history though (last Tuesday was quite boring as Teddy was sleepy and we didn’t get any exploring done). Interesting history is kept at the Natural History Museum* and that’s why Otter Keeper took us there for an Otter outing!!
*information courtesy of Otter Keeper – he had to explain this several times and I think I’ve got it right.

Being at a museum is incredibly exciting for an otter and as a result I did get into trouble a few times. Otter Keeper told me all about a special man called Charles Darwin and there was a statue of him. Darwin apparently had a clever idea about a thing called evolution. Keeper spent a long time trying to explain this to me… and believe me it is VERY confusing (you probably wouldn’t understand). Basically Evolution is why Teddy is a good explorer. You see Teddy’s grandparents for example probably didn’t have arms and legs to get about under the sofa or go on important missions around the house with their otter friends – but because these skills are a very important part of being a teddy, over time they eventually grew them! see how clever evolution is?

Anyway, I wanted to get a closer look at this Darwin man… So I went to see Darwin and talk to him. This is not allowed in the museum though (they are very protective of Mr. Darwin) so I didn’t get time to ask him how I could speed up evolution more for Teddy so he could grow wings (I’ve always wanted teddy be able to fly, we’d be able to trap Kate no problem if he had wings, and I could get him to carry things too)

I had such a great day (even though I didn’t get to speak to Mr. Darwin properly) I saw lots of things, including a REAL dinosaur. Keeper said it wasn’t real, but I think he’s wrong. This one had skin and moved where as all the others were skeletons. Teddy was a bit scared, but I wasn’t

Otter in gift shop

I also have to make a special mention of the gift shop! Otters love gift shops, they are full of very useful and essential things for people to buy and take home. I discovered a very important dinosaur head on a stick, that I knew we just could NOT live without, and luckily, for once Otter Keeper agreed! I love the dinosaur head on a stick, it’s very useful. I’m sure it could really come in handy in an emergency! I’m planning on showing it to the postman tomorrow.

I’ve told Teddy he can’t play with it until he can fully explain evolution to me (although I understand it – I think he has yet to get a firm grasp of it – I want him to understand, to make him clever and then his “future will be bright” – I saw something about this on tv and if Teddy is stupid he might not get a good job. I want Teddy to be a lawyer (as well as grow wings through evolution) as I think these skills may be of use to us in defeating Kate).

Anyway the only strange thing is that for some reason (after initially seeming enthusiastic) Otter Keeper himself seems to have taken a completely unfounded dislike to my new dinosaur head on a stick. Me and Teddy just can’t work this out?

We are hoping if we keep playing with it around him whilst he’s tying to watch TV he will eventually evolve to like dinosaur heads on sticks. And that is what we plan to do for the rest of the evening as it’s been a long (but very amazing) day.

otter playing

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  1. Daisy the Curly Cat March 19, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Wowie! The only thing better than history is natural history! And you are so, so lucky to get a dinosaur head-on-a-stick.

  2. Emma March 19, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I love any heads on sticks that go nom nom! Sounds like a lovely adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Karien March 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Just love our stories and the pictures of Otter. I’ve put up a banner on my blog.

  5. Jack the Cat March 19, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Great Story Otter. I love Natural History museums too, I live close to Washington DC and I love to go to the Natural History Museum, I love to go see the dinosaurs there, it is amazing. Next time I am there I will see if I can buy a dinosaur head on a stick, sounds like it would be lots of fun!

  6. Bev Otter March 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

    You sound like such a smart little otter understanding evolution. I have two little otters and they have snake heads on sticks so I understand what fun they are!

  7. Mark March 19, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Best otter story yet!

  8. Debby March 19, 2010 at 7:41 am

    The museum should just be happy you’re an otter and not a pigeon! And Darwin would have been very pleased to own a dinosaur head-on-a-stick, as probably Galapagos finch-heads-on-a-stick were not available.

  9. billy March 19, 2010 at 7:48 am

    yayyyyyy Otter you are just the most loveable thing in the whole world!!!

  10. Heather March 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What an amazing adventure! Otter Keeper was so nice to have taken you there and got you a fabulous dinosaur head on a stick. I bet the postman is going to love it.

  11. Catherine Healey March 19, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Good morning Otter – (and of course to Teddy and Keeper) you never cease to amaze me- this by far is the best and most AMAZING Otter story yet! The drawings to go with them are just spectacular- This story is so much worth the wait – I a going to read it a few times today so I can apprecite and enjoy when I am not in a hurry – Spring is finally here where I live at least for now! and Ferret is waiting to go exploring outside today at a new place I found for him – his backpack is packed and Ferret is ready to go – But I had to see if Museum Story was Otter ready! What a great way to start my day – I am happy and smiling now-Thank you for sharing your grand adventure with me! (computer now gets turned off)

  12. Helen March 19, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Those lovely, funny Otter adventures!
    I`m looking forward to read another one every time!
    Just yesterday I thougt : “Well… so when the new story will appear? It`s really time for it…” And here it is!!!
    I`m happy I have found The Otter Stories once! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. maybee March 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I’m glad that you had such a great and exciting time at the museum.
    The dinosaur head on a stick is so cool! I once bought a shark head on a stick in Miami years ago and i still find it VERY useful. You better take good care of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Mariam March 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    What a lovely outing you had! Great to see that Keeper and you have such a good time together. Hey, if you ever go to New York, you should visit my squirrel friend Kalandaka! I think you would have a good time together.

  15. OtterKat March 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey to a most magical realm. And a bit of the magic came away with you too. Sometimes, even when folks have a hand in it, they don’t realize just how magical things really become. But we know. It can be that way with important stuff.

  16. Kitsune March 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I’m glad you had so much fun at Natural History Museum. Darwin was an amazing guy, you should keep learning about him and his ideas.
    A big hug to you, Teddy and otter Keeper!

  17. Louloute March 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Otter,

    As I already said, I still need lessons in evolution but for today I’m puzzled by another question after reading your amazing story: Do you think being an unreal dinosaur at Natural History Museum would be a good job leading to a bright future or would it be more promissing to be a real otter explorer ? If you go back to see Mr. Darwin could you ask him ? He looks so wise although he doesn’t seem very funny. Maybee he’d smile a bit if you’d tell him some of your stories. He’d even like to evolve being himself an otter ! Whatever he may think, I DO love your stories !
    Lots of otterkisses


  18. Grace March 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    That was a great telling of your latest adventure. I would like to have a dinosaur head on a stick, I think that would be fun. But I don’t think my cats would like ti much.

    I made a post for Saturday and I made sure to tell everyone to come over here and read about your latest adventure. I want everyone to love you as much as I do (and teddy and otter keeper too, of course)

  19. ann March 20, 2010 at 4:21 am

    I just read Grace’s post about you so I had to come over. I didn’t realize I was going to meet a very intelligent otter when I got here. How lucky of you to have met Mr. Darwin.

  20. Jimmy Lee B. March 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Otter, what a great story! Museums are one of my favorite places and I do love the giant dinosaurs, gem stones, dioramas (!) and whales. But my favorite at any museum is always the gift store and I’m so pleased you agree. When I don’t have time to see the whole museum, sometimes I skip ahead to the gift store because that’s the best part. You can’t bring the museum home but you can bring something from the gift store!

    I have a rule about Fun Loud Souvenirs, though – only my brother’s children can get them – they never come into my house. If my husband buys one it mysteriously disappears later. That dinosaur on a stick sounds way too Fun and Loud. I’m surprised Otter Keeper doesn’t remember that rule. He must love you a lot.

  21. Buggys March 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

    It’s been about a year since we visited the Natural History Museum (DC) and just yesterday my grandaughter was talking about this. It is a very fun place to visit and I believe we will be planning another trip soon.
    I am here by way of Grace as she mentioned your blog in a post. I’m so glad she did. Lovely blog and fabulous stories. I’ll be back soon.

  22. louie luigi otter March 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    i sure hope you started your adventure with brreakfast sandwitches. i sure love them. some times my otter keeper will put fish on them as a special treat. i understand the cravings of otter feed, however you should mention the many benefits of fish to your otter keeper p.s. im sure you could get teddy and dinosaur head on a stick to support the cause of FISH FOR BREAKFAST!!!!! otters love…. FISH!!!!

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  24. Becca March 31, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I want a dinosaur head!

  25. Bruce May 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I want a dinosaur head!

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