Otter digs old coin!

Keeper Sarah Evans was right on the money when she spotted a mischievous otter playing with an old coin.

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Sarah – pictured above with the coin – was cleaning out the Asiatic short-clawed otter enclosure when she heard the sound of metal clinking at the windows.

She explained: “Otters are naturally playful creatures and will make up games with everything. I heard a noise and noticed Dee-Dee, who is one of the youngest otters in the group, was juggling with the coin up against the window.

dzg_sarahs_coin6_web“When I took it off her I thought it was a two pence coin at first, but when I looked at it more closely I discovered it was an old size five pence coin, dated 1979, which she must have dug up from the ground.

“She wasn’t very impressed when I took it off her and stopped her game, but she soon found a pebble with which to carry on juggling.”

The larger pre-1991 five pence coin was withdrawn from circulation and demonetised in 1991.