There’s a new otter in town, or at least at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. We may never get to see her, though…but she’s there.
Olive is a female North American river otter. She’s a little bit older and she has been injured so she cannot be released back into the wild. The press release from the Aquarium doesn’t give details on what the injury is, but whatever it is, she needs ongoing care.
Evidently Olive was injured in Scotland County on the border with South Carolina. After being evaluated and stabilized, it was decided that she would not survive in the wild.
The Aquarium has a well-deserved reputation for taking in and caring for wild animals. Their STAR turtle rehab center is just one aspect of the work they do.
The hope is that Olive will be able to be introduced into the otter habitat in the Wild Wetland Gallery where currently Banks and Finn hold court.
Banks and Finn are male otters, healthy and full of energy. They are really a delight to watch. Until last year Molly was part of the team, but she became ill and eventually had to be euthanized.
The Aquarium staff plans regular updates about Olive’s condition. The hope is that she will be able to join Banks and Finn in the otter exhibit. If not, she will continue to be cared for by the staff.
The aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pre-reserved tickets and cloth face coverings are required. Information is available at ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island.
There is so much to see and do on the Outer Banks. And some of it are things never expected. Keep Brindley Beach Vacations in mind when looking for the unexpected Outer Banks experience.