Widowed otters move in together after meeting on dating app
This couple is otterly adorable.
After Asian short-clawed otter Harris, 10, lost his longtime best friend and romantic partner Apricot, who died at 16, he became a lonely bachelor otter, and his caretakers grew worried.
In an effort to find him a new mate, those charged with his well-being at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall, England, configured an otters-only dating app called Fishing for Love, where he soon met Pumpkin, a lady otter from Yorkshire’s Sea Life Scarborough Sanctuary who was also seeking a new mate after losing her longtime lover.
Now, the two are doing swimmingly — recently, they even took the big relationship step of moving in together.
“Sea Life Scarborough otter has found love in time for Christmas,” the sanctuary wrote in a press release announcing the good news. Pumpkin’s carers answered an ad on the otter dating site after her elderly partner, Eric, passed away. “After searching the entire lonely-hearts section, and a few bad swipes later,” they discovered Harris’ profile and determined him to be a worthy “significant otter” for their beloved Pumpkin.
“[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,” the release explained. Following the pair’s initial meeting and romance at Sea Life, they’re officially shacking up there.
“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,” said Sea Life curator Todd German in the release, adding he sees no reason the lovers should not continue to exist in harmony and live happily otter after.
Many male otters are not so lucky, however: A disturbing study published last month found that river otters’ penis bones are weakened by pollution and that toxic chemicals from Canada’s oil industry are causing the critters’ members to become less dense and more breakable.