Otterly Amazing Experience

The National Mississippi River Museum has added a new addition to their family.

A year and a half old male otter is now calling the museum home. The otter recently transitioned from a private rehab facility to the aquarium. 

This the second otter to the facility,  the museum’s oldest female otter, Mama, has been at the museum since 2004.

Within the state of Iowa, the river otter population over the last decade has declined dramatically, but those numbers are slowly increasing. Living Collections curator Abby Urban hopes that this number will continue to grow. 

Urban said, “ We view him sort’ve as an ambassador for his species because he’s here we’re able to talk to our guests and educate them about the importance of a healthy ecosystem.” 

The Otter has been here since September 12th after a smooth transition. He’s adapting well and is very playful.

The new otter hasn’t received a name yet. The Museum hopes to have an interactive naming opportunity in the future.

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Asia Singleton is a senior at Loras from Chicago, IL. She currently works as a reporter and producer for LCTV News. Asia is majoring in Media Studies.

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