IPPL otter finds love

  • Thursday, August 29, 2013

Female Asian short-clawed otter Bubbins (left) welcomes new male partner Bali (right) to her sleeping quarters at the International Primate Protection League. MICHAEL QUIRK/JOURNAL SCENE

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The International Primate Protection League in Summerville welcomed a new male otter on Monday as a companion to Bubbins, a female at the IPPL.
Bubbins’ former partner Dua, a YouTube sensation for his piano playing, passed away in April after three years together. The new male otter Bali is a widower himself after his partner passed away in May.
Bali was born in Chessington, United Kingdom on Aug. 8, 2003. Since then he has made stops in Quebec, Manhattan and Columbus before settling in Summerville. After making the transfer, IPPL Founder and Executive Director Shirley McGreal discovered the IPPL already has a littermate of Bali’s named Neville.
Asian short-clawed otters are monogamous creatures that form a close lifelong bond with their partner. The breed typically live to be an average of 11-years-old in captivity. Both Bubbins, 9, and Bali, 10, are considered seniors. The two have quickly taken to each other said McGreal.
“They have been spending all of their time together,” she said. “(Bubbins) is beyond excited to have (Bali) here.”

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