Otter "Jailbreaking" Visitor’s iPhone in Lisbon Zoo Had People in Splits | “Would’ve Worked if He Didn’t Bash It on the Rocks”
A curious and possibly "hungry" otter went viral on TikTok with over 3.9 million views and more than 290K likes. The otherwise cuddly and adorable sea animal accidentally grabbed an iPhone and assumed it to be a clam. The video showed the sea otter brutally smashing the phone against the rock as onlookers captured the funny moment.
"An unlucky zoo visitor dropped their phone into the otter enclosure," Australian media outlet news.com.au wrote in a caption. The incident happened in Portugal's Lisbon Zoo. The video began as the otter grabbed the iPhone (presumably). Then, it started smashing the device on the rock repeatedly. Ouch! The phone's owner had to stand by and see the phone getting "otterly damaged." The sea creature then dunked the phone in water after several failed attempts to crack it open and floated with another otter. The "apparently mad" otter amused and shocked the onlookers. The video was captured by many people and posted on various social media platforms. A visitor, @rivergraceful uploaded the video on her TikTok profile. She perfectly captured the otter's violent outburst. She captioned the video, "Otter found a phone."
It was "otter chaos" as the creature hugged the iPhone and dived back into the water with the gadget on its stomach. However, the adorable sea mammal continued to dunk the phone and then bang it aggressively. We really wonder why! Netizens laughed at the video and couldn't keep calm. A TikTok user, @calamitybeans, adoringly wrote, "Omg! He's trying to crack it open like a clam. That's so cute. I love otters." Another comment by @girlyourefunny read, "The phone probably would've worked if he didn't bash it on the rocks." A TikTok user, @goldglitter04, shared her experience with otters and said, "I got to play with baby otters a couple of years ago and they went bonkers for my watch! They squeaked and wrestled with it for an hour." @glasslotuses seemed worried for the poor otter and commented, "The thought of the battery exploding on the poor unsuspecting otter is giving me anxiety."
@kxssh0le suggested an Otterbox commercial, "Otterbox should use this in an ad 'wouldn't have happened if he had an Otterbox, protects from everything- even otters.' Another TikToker, @amon.xviii, said, "Just got my Otterbox, now I'm seeing ads." Sea Otters are generally diurnal and their daily activities include feeding and grooming, interspersed with rest periods. They spend a substantial amount of time grooming themselves and researchers have observed sea otters spending at least 11% to 48% of their day grooming, per seaworld.org. Otters also have a significant relationship with rocks. Out in the wild, they often use rocks in their surrounding to crack open shellfish and eat the meat inside. Probably that's why the poor otter banged the phone and assumed it to be its food. Aww!! They eat on the go by cracking open mussels, sea urchins, and abalone with rocks, using their furry chests as anvils.