hese days, scrolling through social media is often not the relaxing experience that it used to be. If you're looking for a stress-relieving break from reality, those are few and far between online. Our timelines are flooded with sad, disturbing, or frustrating news — especially recently. J.K. Rowling, who's known for her sassy and socially conscious Twitter presence, recently asked for a short respite.
Rowling understands that while it's important to know what's going on in the world, sometimes you just need to be cheered up by adorable, fuzzy animals. And when she asked, Twitter delivered a heartwarming, glee-inducing plethora of otter-worldy pictures.
It all started on September 30, when Rowling posted this exasperated tweet.
Depressed at the idea that some world leaders are too obsessed with themselves and their own world views, Rowling turned to Twitter for solace and an escape from a troubled reality. She wrote, “Incompetent clowns in power and the opposition turning into a solipsistic personality cult. I’m so ****ing depressed. Send otter pictures.”
Merriam-Webster defines solipsism as “a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also: extreme egocentrism.”
The thread got off to a rocky start with this cuddly cat.
While cute, this kitty was not what Rowling was looking for. When the woman who brightened your childhood with stories of mystery, magic, and adventure asks for pictures of otters — you give her pictures of otters.
She wasn't shy about making this clear.
Thankfully, Twitter user @AprilDeGuzman followed up with an adorable video of this otter holding a precious toy.
Fun fact: Otters use rocks to open shellfish, making them one of the few mammals who know how to use tools. Even otters raised in captivity do this, suggesting that the behavior is an instinct and not something taught by their parents.
@typicallyross wanted to cheer Rowling up.
According to National Geographic, otters often float on their backs, in a “posture of serene repose.” They sleep in this position, either in groups or entangled in forests of kelp. (Cuddling into kelp forests keeps them from floating away.)
Keep scrolling for more delightful photos from this thread.