Everybody needs a friend, and Warrick, our lone North American river otter, has a new one! Kramer, a young male otter, recently joined Warrick in the exhibit.
Warrick had been alone since Heather, the zoo’s female river otter, passed away last spring. Zoo staff immediately began searching for a companion for Warrick and found Kramer, an active and energetic otter who was being relocated from Louisiana.
Kramer and Warrick hit it off during their introduction period, and have become faithful companions. According to zoo keeper Samantha Emberton, “Warrick and Kramer are very active together. Kramer is a lot younger and he keeps Warrick moving. We’ve also noticed Kramer picking up some of Warrick’s habits, like stuffing all of his biscuits into his mouth at the same time.”
The two otters are quickly becoming a favorite among zoo guests. “They cuddle and play and swim together,” states Emberton. “They’re good buddies.”
Otters were once extirpated (locally extinct) in Indiana, but were reintroduced here in the 1990s. They are now present in several waterways in our state.
Zoo guests can visit Kramer and Warrick until the zoo closes for the season on October 12 and during the Wild Zoo Halloween, weather permitting.
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