Pet Sounds: Listen to a bunch of otters play the keyboard at the Smithsonian


Synthpop is so hot right now, even the animals are getting into it. And no, we’re not talking about Keytar Bear (for once).

A group of Asian small-clawed otters have taken up the keyboard as part of their enrichment program at the Smithsonian National Zoo, and the results are on par with what’s going on these days in Allston basements.

Let’s dub it otter-pop.


“The otters are given the choice to play the keyboard or just sit back and enjoy the show—engaging their sight, touch, and hearing senses,” a post on YouTube reports.

According to the Washington Post, the zoo’s enrichment program also involves apes playing with iPads, and pandas painting. “Zoo officials said the enrichment program is meant to give animals ‘physically and mentally stimulating activities and environments.'”

The otters get to jam out about twice a month. Donations to the program can be made here.


You can find their upcoming debut EP on the shelves at Otter Music. Pitchfork has already given it a 4.6.

Check out the video below.

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