Keeper Re-united with Apricot the Otter

Senior Aquarist Rob has been re-united with Asian Short-Clawed Otter "Apricot" (photo right) whilst working at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Rob began working with Apricot back in 2013 at the National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham, where he is the lead keeper of the Otters and is responsible for their enrichment, training and enclosure development.
Rob and Apricot When Rob took on the role of Curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary as secondment, he was excited to be reunited with Apricot again.

Apricot moved to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in 2015 after having a fall out with her sister at Birmingham SEA LIFE centre. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary provided a new home for Apricot and the team began searching for a companion to move in with Apricot.
The team found Harris (photo right), a 5 year old male Otter from the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Harris was unfortunately ousted by his family and the team at the Mountain Zoo were searching for a new home for him.

Harris turned out to be the perfect companion for Apricot, and the pair live very happily together at the Sanctuary.
Rob and Apricot Rob was unsure what to expect when seeing Apricot again, but it didn't take her long to remember her old keeper.

"Her initial reaction was puzzled, she definitely recognised my voice, but it took her a little while to realise it was me" Rob said

"Now she´s remembered me she follows me around the enclosure every time I go in there! It's really great to be reunited and working with her again."

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 25th August 2016