Staff at a German aquarium couldn’t figure out why the electricity kept getting shorted out. So they slept on the floor at night in shifts until they discovered the problem — Otto the Octopus.
Seems Otto didn’t like the spotlight above his aquarium. He figured out he could crawl to the edge of his enclosure and shoot out the light with a jet of water.
Problem was, when Otto shot out his light, it shorted the electricity to the whole aquarium, edangering the other creatures who lost water pumps and other electrical equipment that maintained their environment.
Staff raised the light up so Otto can no longer reach it, and they are trying to find ways to keep him occupied. Apparently Otto gets bored. He’s been known to chuck rocks that damage the glass in his aquarium and has even juggled some of the hermit crabs that share his tank.
If idle hands are the devil’s workshop, than Otto has four pair of devil’s workshops.
- Staff Writer Bryan Dean