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2 otters at NC aquarium get surprise birthday treats

(Source: NC Aquariums) (Source: NC Aquariums)
Aquarium staff preparing the special birthday cakes. (Source: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island) Aquarium staff preparing the special birthday cakes. (Source: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island)
MANTEO, NC (WECT) -

The staff at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island prepared a special birthday surprise for two lucky otters.

Finn and Banks, two of the aquarium's male North American River otters, both turned three years old on Thursday and to celebrate, the staff whipped up some special birthday cakes.

The "cakes" were made with fish, blackberries, carrots, and other otter favorites, and frozen into colored ice blocks. Don't worry, the dyes used were food and animal safe.

"Treats like these are also good for otters, who are used to having to hunt for food," said Assistant Husbandry Curator Kristin Clark. "The frozen cakes make the otters play with and investigate the ice blocks in order to get to the food inside, a technique called “enrichment,” that stimulates the otters’ brains as well as gives them extra exercise."

Finn and Banks weren't the only ones that got to enjoy a frozen treat, Molly, the aquarium's female otter, also got to join in on the fun.

For more information about the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, go to ncaquariums.com.

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