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WORLD OTTER DAY Otters entertain students at Lehigh Valley Zoo


Special to The Press

The Lehigh Valley Zoo celebrated World Otter Day May 25 at the otter display.

World Otter Day, established in 2014, is held on the last Wednesday of May each year.

The program is designed to introduce the public to otters and their playful nature.

Dedicated to a species that is in decline, World Otter Day allows visitors to zoos throughout the world to enjoy the antics and acrobatics of these aquatic mammals.

As carnivores, small fish and insects make up their diet.

They can stay submerged for up to four minutes, allowing ample time to find fish for dinner.

PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND “Luani” put on a show for elementary school children on field trips during the celebration of World Otter Day May 25.
“Luani,” the Lehigh Valley Zoo's resident otter, came out of the water May 25 to see what all the chatter was about at the otter display.
Lehigh Valley Zoo Education Specialist Tara Mlodzienski gave a talk to students from Chipperfield and East Stroudsburg elementary schools, Stroudsburg, and Shafer Elementary School, Nazareth, during World Otter Day, May 25 at the zoo.
Lehigh Valley Zoo Docent Manly Offut of South Whitehall holds an otter pelt during the World Otter Day celebration.