Harris the otter lived was living a loveless life at the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary, after his partner Apricot passed away four years ago.
His keepers decided to take drastic action, creating a dating site just for the Asian short-clawed otter to find a new mate.
On the site – named Fishing for Love – his profile read: ‘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.’
We’re pleased to report that the keepers’ mission was successful, and Harris has found new love with fellow widow Pumpkin.
Pumpkin lost her own partner Eric recently, and was also suffering from loneliness at the Scarborough Sea Life Centre.
Given that otters are monogamous and normally mate for life, it was decided by the respective keepers to match them up and hopefully ease their sadness.
Harris was relocated up to Scarborough, and has been gradually introduced to Pumpkin as part of a series of ‘dates’ – with the two hitting it off famously.
Todd German, curator at Sea Life Scarborough, said: ‘After an extremely sad period for both Pumpkin and the Animal Care team here at Scarborough we are delighted to report that not only is Pumpkin happy once again, but Harris has settled in extremely well and has already become part of the Sea Life Scarborough family.
‘We can’t wait for our guests to meet the happy couple when we reopen our doors on Wednesday 2nd December.’
Tamara Cooper, curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, called their union a ‘fairytale’, and said that the new romance has made it less sad for staff to see Harris go.
The two sanctuaries are keeping in touch via WhatsApp, with Cornish Seal Sanctuary getting regular (otter p)updates about the pair’s progress.
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