A lonely otter has found love after being set up with a Tinder-style dating profile.
Asian short clawed otter Harris had been left single after his partner of four years Apricot recently passed away.
His keepers desperately wanted to find him a new partner, so they set him up on “Fishing for Love,” a website created just for him.
Staff at Cornish Seal Sanctuary made the dating profile for Harris, highlighting all he has to offer and sent it out in the hope of finding his new perfect match.
The team were delighted to receive photos back from a female otter called Pumpkin who was also looking for love at Scarborough SEA LIFE after recently losing her elderly partner Eric.
The ‘first date’ has now been arranged, but the matchmakers said the introduction of Asian short-clawed otters can be nerve-racking and difficult to get right.
Experts say 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.
Tamara Cooper, curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary said “Harris came to us from the Welsh Mountain Zoo in 2016 after being rejected by his family.
“There was certainly something about Harris that ticked all the boxes for our female otter Apricot, and after a few days of careful introductions they settled in beautifully together.
“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.”
We have our fingers crossed that it’ll be love at first sight (or should that be sniff?) for the furry pair.