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Published September 04, 2013, 07:30 PM

Red River Zoo's new otter exhibit making a splash

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new exhibit at the Red River Zoo is prepared to make quite a splash. Two North American river otters are getting ready for their big debut and though they may not be exotic, they sure are entertaining.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new exhibit at the Red River Zoo is prepared to make quite a splash. Two North American river otters are getting ready for their big debut and though they may not be exotic, they sure are entertaining.

This exhibit has been three years in the making and the two otters inside actually aren't that far from home. Butler and Anabel were rescued as babies from the Sheyenne River in West Fargo.

The little orphaned otters were given to the zoo about a year ago, but now they are getting used to their brand new enclosure. Zoo officials say it rivals the best otter exhibits in the country.

The natural, immersive habitat gives them plenty of space to run and swim and gives spectators a chance to see them both above ground and under water.

Nicole Lee – Animal Keeper: "I think the otter exhibit will be a really big draw for people because they're so entertaining. They're very active animals and they're active all year round. So, they don't hibernate during the wintertime, which will be really great. They enjoy the winter weather, they enjoy the snow, running around and playing in the snow."

The exhibit officially opens September 16th. A sneak peek of the exhibit will be available at tomorrow night's Zoolebration.

The event starts at 6 PM.

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