Monday 5th January 2009 saw the arrival of Starsky and Hutch, two Asian Short Clawed Otters, to keep Thai company. Starsky and Hutch were born on the 23rd July 2005 at Portsmouth Aquarium.

These brothers are three years old, and are a little smaller then Thai, but have lots of energy. At their previous home Starsky and Hutch´s enclosure was indoors so it would be interesting to see how they adapt to living outdoors.
Starsky and Hutch with Thai
Otter HoltThe sanctuary built an annex area for the new otters, here they could meet Thai safely through a fence, so they could get used to their new surroundings. Thai eager to meet these two managed to get her little paw under the fence and pry back the mesh and get in. Luckily all went well and all three are having a great time together. Starsky and Hutch are getting used to the outdoors, and doing lots of exploring around the enclosure, Starsky is very vocal and can be heard doing lots of squeaking, the staff think he is enjoying his new home.
Tuesday morning (6th January 2009) was a bit of a shock when temperatures dropped to minus eight degrees Celsius, and the otters decided to stay in bed that morning and wait for their pond to defrost.

In mid 2009, Thai was moved to a new home with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Martin Mere in Lancashire.

Both Starsky and Hutch are available for adoption; if you would like to adopt either of them please get in contact with the Sanctuary.

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