A sea otter in Japan, which has been named “Ku-chan” received special residency status by the city of Kushiro earlier this month. You can read about Ku-chan in the Mainichi Daily News.
The otter, who is credited with generating high tourism revenue, was granted his very own residency card, which includes the otter’s name, an identification photo, and his favorite food.
After the ceremony, the otter appeared in the river where he has been cited–the mayor apparently took that as his acceptance.
On a random note, while searching for a picture to add to this post, I found this blog note about a type of Japanese candy called sea otter boogers. Really. The logo is a cartoon otter picking it’s nose.