Poor otter Harris had been feeling lonely after his partner of four years, Apricot, passed away.
His owners at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary were keen to find the Asian short clawed otter a new mate sharpish, so set him up on a dating website made just for him.
On the site, called Fishing For Love, ten-year-old Harris was given his own dating profile highlighting all he has to offer.
His profile read: ‘Looking to find my significant otter.
‘I am very attentive, I love a cuddle and I am a very good listener.
‘I will love you like no otter.’
While most of us hopeful romantics have to deal with f***boys and time-wasters in the world of online dating, Harris has been lucky to quickly find his perfect match.
When the team sent around the otter’s dating profile, they were delighted to receive photos back from a female otter called Pumpkin, who was looking for love at Scarborough Sea Life after her elderly partner Eric passed away.
Of course, as with most first dates, there’s a lot of pressure on the big meet-up.
Introducing Asian short-clawed otters is a tricky process, as it’s essential that the male submits to the female on first meeting.
For this reason, Harris will be moving up to Pumpkin’s enclosure to make sure the introduction goes as smoothly as possible.
Yes, we do think they might be moving a bit fast, but when you know, you know.
Todd German, display curator at Sea Life Scarborough, said: ‘After having recently losing her best friend Eric, Pumpkin has been extremely lonely so we are delighted that Harris will be coming to join her at Sea Life Scarborough and hope his arrival will provide Pumpkin with comfort and companionship.”
Tamara Cooper, curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, added: ‘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.
‘He was a doting partner to Apricot, so when she passed away a few weeks back he was absolutely lost.
‘Sea Life Scarborough are real otter experts and the team at the sanctuary couldn’t be happier that Harris will be cared for by their animal care experts.
‘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.’
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