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Two Yorkshire Wildlife Park residents show they are 'otterly' in love

Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Valentine's Day is hours away and at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park love is in the air for Alexandra and Orimar, two giant otters.

The couple were caught nuzzled up in a tender moment after being introduced in October.

Alexandra joined the park in 2015 from Duisburg Zoo in Germany. Ori arrived in October 2019 as a potential breeding partner for her.

Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Giant otters are native to South America and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, which is based at the park, is supporting projects in Brazil to save the species, whose numbers have plunged to less than 5,000 in the wild from habitat loss, increased farming and fishing.

It is a great Valentine’s Day picture and shows how much they love each other. Alex and Ori are always together and have loads of fun. There was an instant attraction when they were introduced.

They say otters mate for life and they certainly seem to have eyes for only each other most of the time.

– John Minion, CEO, Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Park staff are hoping that Alex and Ori’s romance will continue and that they will start a family soon.