Join the furry fun Saturday, April 5, and salute three of the Aquarium’s favorite residents – river otters Neuse, Pungo and Eno. The annual Otter Birthday Bash celebrates the fun-loving creatures and the conservation success stories of their species. Activities are free with admission or membership.
Wish the otters well, sign their big birthday card and watch them enjoy otter-oriented birthday gifts and ice cakes only otters could love. Explore more about otters with playful crafts and programs, and enjoy a slideshow of otters in action.
The photos include Eno’s story, which inspired the annual celebration. Eno arrived at the Aquarium in 2008 as an orphaned infant, needing round-the-clock care. As he grew, he had to have lessons on important otter skills such as swimming, eating fish and getting along with others. Pungo and Neuse have been at the Aquarium since 2006. All three are named for North Carolina rivers.
The River Otter exhibit and the birthday bash highlight the comeback of otters in North Carolina. They had all but disappeared from the state at one time due to over-hunting for their luxurious fur, and loss of habitat due to development and pollution. Thanks to conservation measures and reintroduction efforts, they once again inhabit waterways throughout the state.