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World’s best otter rescues phone dropped into his tank

OtterBox has some tough competition from their namesake.


Greg Seals

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Posted on Sep 29, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:19 pm CDT

While OtterBoxes have earned themselves quite the reputation for protecting smartphones from clumsiness, the cases are still no substitute for their aquatic namesake. Enter Starsky, a nine-year-old otter and resident of England’s Cornish Seal Sanctuary who quickly retrieved a smartphone after it was dropped into a pool by a member of the staff.

BREAKFAST: #phonegate – catastrophic loss of phone Photo from Jenny from @sealsanctuary #Gweek Starsky the otter

— Cornwall’s Pirate FM (@piratefm) September 26, 2014

While animal care assistant Jenny Lewis feared her phone would be laid to rest in a watery grave, Starsky made quick work of the situation. The Asian short-clawed otter, who arrived at the sanctuary in 2009 with his brother Hutch, dove down to the depths of the tank, emerging seconds later with the brightly colored device clenched between his paws. Starsky calmly handed the phone back to an appreciative Lewis who was astounded by the act of kindness.

Now, Starsky is giving those pompous keyboard playing otters a run for their money. The adorable retrieval trick will fit in nicely along his existing repertoire of juggling stones and climbing up the mesh side of his enclosure. 

If OtterBox doesn’t hire Starsky, his brother Hutch, and a third otter named Huggy Bear to be their official spokes animals, then they’re the dumbest company out there.

H/T Herald Express | Photo via wcdumonts/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 29, 2014, 5:09 pm CDT