GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN -- Two baby otters that survived a dog attack earlier this year now have a new home.
The public will be able to see the otters, who have been named Oscar and Emmy, this fall at the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats.
The otters were born in North Carolina in February. A dog destroyed their den, killing another of their siblings. They were placed in the care of a wildlife rehabilitator after the incident, according to a news release from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Oscar and Emmy are now 6-months-old and have been placed in the permanent care of Grandfather Mountain.
After spending several weeks getting adjusted to their new home, Oscar and Emmy were introduced to Nova, a 1-year-old female, at a private habitat called The Plaza on Wednesday.
"We were especially relieved to see positive, playful interactions occurring instantly between Nova and Emmy, as female otters often do not get along," said Emma Schlagal, assistant habitats curator. "They were excited to be together."
The three otters will remain together in The Plaza for a few more weeks to bond before they relocate to the public habitat.
Because Oscar and Emmy were raised in the presence of humans, they cannot be released back into the wild.