Widowed Otter Gets Second Chance At Love At Scarborough Sea Life

Scarborough Sea Life Centre’s otter found a second chance at love after losing her partner Eric. Her surprise romancer came in the form of Harris, from Cornwall Seal Sanctuary, who had also lost his partner, Apricot. This story of romance will have you in tears on a Friday afternoon.

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Cornwall Seal Sanctuary’s, Harris lost the love of his life four years ago, and his keepers took it upon themself to fix his broken heart. Creating a dating site for the forlorn otter named ‘Fishing For Love’ (love it), they set their sights on finding him a new mate. 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.’

The keepers’ hard work paid off and Harris found himself falling for Yorkshire’s own, Pumpkin (must have been the Yorkshire accent). Pumpkin was also suffering from loneliness, so they were a match made in heaven.

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Harris was relocated to Scarborough and was gradually introduced to Pumpkin on a series of ‘dates’, and the two have hit it off.

A curator at Sea Life Scarborough, Todd German, 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.’

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Tamara Cooper, a 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.

What an amazing story for all you other single otters out there.

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