What could be more wholesome than otter love? Today’s story features exactly that! And even better, it features Otter Tinder! No, I’m not joking, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
First, a bit of heartbreak. This love story begins with some sadness.
Our lead otter protagonist, Harris, has been lonely and looking for love since his previous partner, Apricot, passed away recently.
Harris and Apricot were residents at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, which made a post on Facebook about the whole incident:
“As you all know, Harris was paired up with Apricot, who sadly passed away recently after reaching an impressive 16 years of age,
“leaving Harris alone for the first time in four years.
“Whilst he appeared to have resigned himself back to the bachelor lifestyle, there’s now no female telling him how to make his bed – what a mess! Naturally otters live in pairs and he’s such a good partner that the team wanted him to be able to get a second chance of love. The search began to find Harris a new partner.”
“The team created Harris a dating profile, highlighting all he has to offer, sending it out in the hope of finding his new perfect match.”
Harris’ profile included hilarious and adorable otter puns like “Looking to find my significant otter. I am very attentive, I love a cuddle and I am a very good listener. I will love you like no otter.”
“The team were delighted to receive some photos back from an otter looking for love at SEA LIFE Scarborough who also recently lost her partner.”
Yes, unfortunately a nice otter at SEA LIFE Scarborough had also lost her man to the passage of time. SEA LIFE Scarborough posted their unfortunate news on Facebook mere days earlier.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we have to let you know that our much loved resident otter Eric has sadly passed away due to old age.
“Having reached the amazing age of 21 Eric far exceeded the average life span
“of Asian Short Claw Otters in captivity, which is around 15 years, and spent his last days alongside his best friend Pumpkin.”
Heartbreak is out of the way, now for the good stuff!
Now you know how our heartbroken heroes ended up in such emotionally taxing situations! But for Harris, at the ripe age of 10, there is still plenty of life to live and lovely ladies to find!
Pumpkin, Harris’ potential mate, was lonely and in need of some affection too and she was ready to move on!
“The introduction of Asian short-clawed otters can be nerve racking and difficult to get right. To ensure the best chance of a new pairing getting off on the right foot, it’s best to introduce a new male into a female’s territory so that the male more easily submits to the female on first meeting.
“For this reason Harris will be moving up to Pumpkin’s enclosure to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.”
Yes, Harris actually moved to SEA LIFE Scarborough to go be with his lady love!
But does that ensure that they’ll get along? No!
“SEA LIFE Scarborough are real otter experts and the team at the Sanctuary couldn’t be happier that Harris will be cared for by their animal care experts. We will be very sad to see Harris go as he is such a character but we will be keeping in touch regularly to see how him and Pumpkin get on. “
The pairing is fairly new, so the situation actually has to be monitored for a few days!
So what kind of life can Harris expect in his new home?
Well apparently, the otters
“love to play about with magnets, pulling them apart over and over again.”
I don’t know about you, but I love that.
And on top of fun magnets, he gets to live his life with someone like him! No more lonely enclosures and waking up with no one beside you!
It’s even nicer when your new mate is as pretty as pumpkin! Just check out this model!
What do you think? Are Pumpkin and Harris going to be a good match?
Do relationships formed on a dating service survive?
Of course they do! At least in this case it’s almost assured, right!?
I really love that the staff at both the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and SEA LIFE Scarborough care enough about their otters to create a dating service just for them!
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