Playful river otters enjoy their zoo waterslide

ICHIKAWA, Japan (NBC/APTN) — Waterslides may be one of the best parts of summer, and these river otters in central Japan certainly seem to be enjoying theirs.

In the wild, river otters live near bodies of water that are close to forests where they can find refuge.

They’re social and playful animals, and there are nine living at Ichikawa City’s Zoological and Botanical Garden.

Their waterslide was built two years ago to commemorate the Zoo’s 25th anniversary.

And it’s a great way for the river otters to beat the summer heat.

Even though the Zoo has nine, it’s usually the same three brothers that come out to meet the visiting crowds.

There’s also an area where they can shake hands with their fans. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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