Olive the otter makes her debut at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Olive the otter. [Courtesy N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island]

Olive the otter is ready to meet visitors to the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Olive is a female North American river otter that came into the aquarium’s care from a wildlife rehabber in Scotland County who took her in following an injury.

The new addition has become accustomed to her new home under the careful care of the aquarium’s husbandry and veterinary teams. She is regaining her health and strength after her injury, which left her her non-releasable in the wild, the aquarium said.

“We’ve been working with her behind the scenes and during non-public hours to acclimate her to her new life and home here at Roanoke Island,” says Connie Quattlebaum, aquarist.  “Olive’s health has improved greatly and after careful observation and review, we feel it’s time for her to meet the aquarium’s visitors.”

Olive can be visited in the Wild Wetlands gallery between the hours of 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. from now through Sunday, Feb. 21.  Although the aquarists do not foresee any issues with the schedule, Olive’s health and comfort will always remain top priority. 

Beginning Feb. 22, Olive will gradually be introduced to her fellow North American River otters, Finn and Banks. Some scheduling flexibility will be needed at that time.

In July 2019, the aquarium lost beloved female otter Molly after a decline in her health.

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