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Otters looking for new habitat at Lehigh Valley Zoo

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. - Love is in the air at the Lehigh Valley Zoo and after about a year together there is no 'otter' lover for Naya than Luani.

"These two were 100 percent as soon as they met. They were right there with each other, they started playing around and they really started getting along," said Melissa Borland, president and CEO of the zoo. 

Even though they may be a match made in 'otter heaven' they need a little help from us humans to create a more natural and 'romantic' environment.

"We're going to enter into creating a natural lakes system, different types of tree branches and root systems in which they're going to be able to swim through rocks that they like to move around and play with," Borland said.

The fall and spring are mating seasons for otters, so the need to flip the exhibit is time sensitive.

Work will begin in November and the hope is to wrap it up by the spring. The price tag for the overhaul is $40,000.

The Swain School in Salisbury Township contributed $17,500 and the organization who is doing the upgrades in the pump system and water system has made up the difference to get to $20,000.

That leaves another 20 grand left for the zoo to fundraise.

Ottertoberfest is an event the zoo is hosting Oct. 14-15 as a way for people to make an investment and help Naya than Luani really 'feel the love' and grow their family.

"My prediction is that if it is not this fall then maybe in the spring that we will probably have some otters. Baby otters," Borland said. 

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