Keepers at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium are hoping love is in the air after introducing a potential new partner for Gizmo the otter.
Gizmo was born at the aquarium in 2005 and celebrates his ninth birthday in November.
Staff had been on the lookout for a new mate for Gizmo as he had been on his own for several weeks.
Now a three-year-old captive-bred Asian short clawed otter, called Indra, has been donated to the wildlife attraction by Chester Zoo.
Keepers are hopeful the pair will develop a strong bond and will eventually have cubs of their own.
“Indra was originally from a litter of five cubs. She has had very little human contact so is very nervous around us but this will change as she gets used to us and starts her training and enrichment programme,” said Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells.
“Her and Gizmo have been getting on great. They are chasing each other and playing together happily. They are rubbing noses together and sleeping cuddled up together.
“Gizmo has even shown her how to get out of the water in their enclosure – something she wasn’t used to.” she added.