The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque has a couple of new otters that have become fast friends!

A recent article from The Gazette tells the story of two orphaned otters that were successfully introduced at the aquarium this past week. The male and female were taken in by animal rehabilitators as babies after being found in urban parts of Iowa. The female was discovered in Waterloo, while the male was found in Des Moines. They were acquired by the facility back in September. The article says, "the otters had been living separately for the last few months as museum staff made sure they were healthy and let them get used to each other’s smells and sounds."

The staff recorded a video of the two otters meeting for the first time last Tuesday, and the result was ADORABLE! The Museum Director of Marketing and Community told The Gazette, “I know for the first 24 hours they were together, they hardly slept, they were so busy playing together.” Here is the video that was posted to the River Museum YouTube account:

You can read more about the two otter friends and their journeys to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium HERE.