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Otterly cute: Otter cuddles into a cat while the unlikely playmates go to sleep at their home in Japan

Otterly cute: Pet otter cuddles into a cat while the unlikely playmates go to sleep in their house in Japan

  • Sakura the otter and Mochi the cat were filmed falling asleep at home
  • Adorable images show the three-year-old otter hugging her feline friend
  • Owner Mako has owned the small-clawed otter for two years

This is when the friendship between an otter and a cat blossomed as they cuddled side by side and fell asleep.

Sakura the otter and Mochi the cat have been filmed side by side in adorable images made in Japan.

Owner Mako bought three-year-old Sakura in 2018, but says this is the first time that the otter and the cat hug each other.

He posts daily videos of the small-clawed otter on social media and has over 400,000 subscribers on YouTube.

Sakura the otter cuddles up to Mochi the cat while the animals sleep in adorable images made in Japan

Sakura the otter cuddles up to Mochi the cat while the animals sleep in adorable images made in Japan

The three-year-old small-clawed otter hugs Mochi while lying on top of owner Mako's blanket at his home

The three-year-old small-clawed otter hugs Mochi while lying on top of owner Mako's blanket at his home

The three-year-old small-clawed otter hugs Mochi while lying on top of owner Mako’s blanket at his home

In the video, Sakura reaches around Mochi to feel comfortable squeaking before exhaling a big yawn.

The otter rests her head on Mochi’s back as she nods as the cat turns before slowly closing her eyes.

Mako reaches out to stroke them while Mochi takes care of herself and gently squeezes Sakura with her paws in the cat’s belly.

The video cuts to another corner where Sakura slowly falls asleep hugging Mochi.

Sakura yawns as she slowly falls asleep on the cat before Mako reaches out to stroke the pair

Sakura yawns as she slowly falls asleep on the cat before Mako reaches out to stroke the pair

Sakura yawns as she slowly falls asleep on the cat before Mako reaches out to stroke the pair

Mako shared the video on social media on July 18 with the caption, “Finally they hugged and started sleeping.”

A social media user wrote, “That’s as cute as anything can ever get.”

Another said, “This is the most precious thing I have ever seen. The way the otter holds the cat so tightly and the cat sleeps.

“It’s more than I can handle.”

Sakura climbs onto Mako's leg at the beginning of the video. Mako has owned the three-year-old small-clawed otter since 2018

Sakura climbs onto Mako's leg at the beginning of the video. Mako has owned the three-year-old small-clawed otter since 2018

Sakura climbs onto Mako’s leg at the beginning of the video. Mako has owned the three-year-old small-clawed otter since 2018

However, not everyone approves of the pet otters craze. Non-profit traffic has warned that small-clawed otters are poached from the wild to export to Japan.

Kanitha Krishnasamy, director of the Southeast Asia branch, said National Geographic: ‘Unfortunately, the nice factor is the appeal. These animals are very popular. ‘

The natural habitats of the otters are the mangrove swamps and freshwater swamps of South and Southeast Asia.

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