Japan's spinning otter twirls its way to internet glory

Three-year-old male otter Genta has been filmed spinning for 20 seconds while holding a rope in his mouth and dangling in the air

A zoo otter in Japan has spun its way to internet glory in a video that shows the animal locked in a dizzying twirl.

The images, posted by the Fukuoka City Zoological Garden, show three-year-old male otter Genta spinning for 20 seconds while holding a rope in his mouth and dangling in the air.

Zookeepers have dubbed the plucky otter's moves the "dynamic tornado".

"Genta has spun for more than five minutes at a time before," a zoo spokesman told AFP.

Several of the zoo's eight otters like twirling on the rope too, although it's not exactly typical for the web-footed mammal.

"Twirling (outside of water) isn't necessarily a natural behaviour for otters," the zoo spokesman said.