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Akron zoo welcomes the cutest 24-pound river otter named Odie

Posted at 8:06 AM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 08:05:59-05

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Zoo has welcomed a new male river otter named Odie, and he's absolutely adorable.

In 2007, Odie was located abandoned in his native habitat as a pup before his eyes had opened, so his exact birthday is unknown.

Staff at the Texas State Aquarium rescued him and raised him. Before coming to Akron, he lived at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

Odie came to the zoo based on breeding recommendations from the River Otter Species Survival Plan and staff will introduce him to the zoo's current female Molly.

Odie and Molly will alternate days out in their habitat. Once the pair is comfortable and familiar with each other, they will enjoy the habitat together and hopefully a lifetime of happiness.

When you visit the duo together, you can tell them apart by weight alone. Odie weighs about 24 pounds while Molly weighs 13.5 pounds.

Last month, the Akron Zoo announced Porthos, a beloved male river otter, died after going into cardiac arrest during a routine exam.

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