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Runaway otter reunited with family in Jersey

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Media captionA runaway otter is reunited with its family, after escaping from a wildlife park

A runaway otter has been reunited with its family for the first time, after escaping from a wildlife park.

Geoff the Asian short-clawed otter was on the loose in Jersey for five weeks, before being caught in a trap in January.

Staff at Durrell Wildlife Park believe he was looking for a mate.

Mammal Keeper Chris Davies said the otter's father Bulan was the first to greet him by "touching noses".

"There was a occasional 'snarl' from Geoff's sisters, Abi and Ollie, but Geoff immediately rolled on to his back in a submissive pose and all was fine", he said.

"Everyone is behaving as if Geoff had never left and they are all running around, swimming, and enjoying the spring sunshine together."

Keepers had been concerned the otter would be seen as a rival and rejected by his family.

After his capture in St Catherine's wood, Geoff was placed in quarantine for 30 days and tested for disease.

His return to the family enclosure was delayed due to repair work on nearby drains, which keepers feared might have disrupted the family reunion.

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Image caption The whole family began eating together after Geoff was reunited, said keeper Chris Davies

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