Hi, my name's Kate. My lunch breaks don't often involve raw fish and making new friends - but that's before I was lucky enough to road test Australia Zoo's new otter encounter, which launched on Saturday!
Our gorgeous Asian small-clawed otters Bonnie and Maria are pretty cute to observe from afar, but it's not until you let them bounce all over you with their little paws that you really experience their charm. In an intimate group of up to three people, guests are invited into the enclosure to meet these two sisters as well as our otter queen bee - Rosie.
While Rosie has lunch with one of our keepers, Bonnie and Maria enjoy being stroked in your lap and posing over your shoulder for our photographer. It's an incredible experience, and let me tell you, these otters are more photogenic than the average human! It's guaranteed you'll be smiling in your picture - the encounter is a whole l'otter fun!
Bonnie and Maria enjoy their lunch right in-front of you: a selection of fish, nuts and their absolute favourite - crayfish. It is awesome to interact with these girls over lunchtime, and the keepers are so informative. As a naturally inquisitive person, I found that every question I fired off was answered in-depth, and I've come away from my 20 minute encounter feeling like I've got a PHD in otter behaviour.
Australia Zoo's new otter encounter is ideal for couples, a family, or something to do on your own as a bit of treat. My verdict: ‘Otterly feel-good and informative, swap chocolate for our Utterly Outrageous Otter Encounter and treat yourself these school holidays!'