Great musicians are misunderstood at first...unless they're as cute as these performers.
A group of the National Zoo's Asian Small-Clawed Otters recently performed a genre (and species) shattering song: a discordant, eight-pawed keyboard jam that will guarantee a loyal fan base at the Smithsonian, if not a Carnegie Hall spotlight.
The maestros get to flex their musical muscles (and claws) as part of an exercise in "animal enrichment" — activities designed to stimulate their sight, touch and hearing senses.
But the otters aren't the only ones cutting their first demo tapes. One of the Zoo's orangutans channelled her inner Teddy Brown on a xylophone, and a sloth bear cub did her best Billy Joel impersonation with a heartfelt harmonica solo.
Here's hoping that Bao Bao will soon get a trombone.
This article originally appeared on Smithsonian.com
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