In Japan, popstars and celebrities aren't the only ones with handshaking events: Otters have them, too.

According to GetNews, the Ichikawa Zoological & Botanical Garden is rolling out a new "handshake corner" (握手コーナー or "akushu koonaa") for visitors to greet otters.

This isn't the first zoo in Japan to offer this, and several other zoos and animal parks also offer similar experiences—and have for a while now. Below, you can see an otter shaking hands at Wakayama Adventure World in a video from a few years back.

I had no idea did that these small otters had such cute, little hands. (The handshaking part is only at the beginning of the video.)

Though, I figured they'd like snacks.

肉球プニプニ!市川市動植物園でコツメカワウソ握手会はじまるぞぉ! [GetNews]

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