Walrus emits excellent noises on command (video)

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What's 3,400 lbs and makes fart-noise vocalizations when asked? E.T., a 30-year-old Pacific walrus at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, WA, who is one of only 17 walruses in U.S. zoos and aquariums. He came to the Tacoma facility as an orphan from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and is named "for his wrinkled resemblance to alien in the popular 1982 movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."

I'd sure like to hear his rendition of "Trololo." [EDIT] OK. Here we go.

The zoo has a pretty great YouTube channel with more videos like this.

(thanks, @joely!)



    1.  A friend of mine, whom I love like a brother, makes noises like this in his sleep; at which point, if I am in the vicinity, I hate him with the fury of a Thousand Suns. Dear God, the resemblance is uncanny…

      1.  Camels can make some similar noises.  When I was out in the desert, I had food poisoning, and as a result I made camel noises, too.  Fortunately, if I woke anyone, they probably just figured it was those damn camels.

    2. That, and the fact that they’re 500 lbs and live on arctic pack ice. I wouldn’t even want to try to kill & eat a walrus!

      1. 500lbs my ass, this fella is 3,400lbs! It is absolute magic to watch the grace this behemoth has in the water.   http://www.flickr.com/photos/72149772@N00/6949906199/in/set-72157629348598199

  1. Admittedly I am aware of Walruses, know about what they look like and all…. 
    O.o What is wrong with eyes…… or do they always look like that?

    Gave me Total Recall flashbacks.

    1. The other videos of that walrus have the same… charming look to them. But most of the others I’m seeing on Google Image Search seem to have perfectly functional eyelids.

      1.  In fact, apparently the protruding is to get depth perception. So he’s doing that to get a target lock on someone.

        How. Charming.

    1. I was thinking someone could hire the walrus to do sound effects for movies.  A musical version of this would be excellent.

    1.  You clearly haven’t met my son… (though he DOES sound kinda like that when he snores).

  2. Good Christ, I’ve been in that particular men’s room in a truck stop near Grapevine.

  3. Eh, my son could do that on command at about age 9 months before he used words, though his sound were things like doggy, kitty, lawnmower, and fire truck. However he couldn’t whistle at all.

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