In the beautiful land of the US, the Oregon Zoo has come up with a genius idea to help their otter, Juno, deal with her arthritis while still having loads of fun. Can you guess what it is? They've taught her how to play basketball! That's right, folks, Juno is a hoops superstar - no net or ball can stop her skills!
According to Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey, the senior marine life keeper, Juno is obsessed with basketball. "She gets so excited whenever we bring the ball out for her training sessions," beamed Nicassio-Hiskey. "And she's good too! I mean, have you seen an otter dunking a ball? It's like nothing you've ever seen before. She's a natural!"
But Juno's journey to basketball fame wasn't without a hurdle or two. The beloved otter was rescued from the coast of California when she was just a pup after being orphaned. She received loving care and rehabilitation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's rescue and care program, but unfortunately, they couldn't find a surrogate mother for her.
Luckily, the wonderful team at the Oregon Zoo took her in and trained her to play basketball. It's a win-win situation because not only does Juno get to play her favorite sport, but she's also keeping her joints active and healthy. Watch Juno in action below.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, Juno, the otter who knows how to hoop it up. Just another reminder that even the animals we share this world with have a lot to offer and contribute when given the chance.