In otter news: Two river otters coming to Maymont nature center

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Otter lovers, rejoice! Two North American river otters will be coming to Maymont this month.

A male and a female will be at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center on May 16.

Maymont had been looking for new otters to rescue after Neptune and Pandora died last year.

The new otters are coming to Richmond from Louisiana. They were found raiding crayfish farms, and authorities deemed them “nuisances” to be removed from the wild.

The male otter is named “Louis,” which is both short for Louisiana and an homage to Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz musician from New Orleans.

Maymont fans will be able to help name the female otter. That campaign will start in a few weeks.

Admission to the Nature Center is $4 a person, or free for Maymont members.

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