VIDEO: Happy homecoming as Geoff the otter gets a hero's welcome

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AN escaped otter that gave Durrell staff the runaround has finally been reunited with his family.

Geoff, an Asian short-clawed otter, escaped from the wildlife park last December and was on the loose for five weeks before he was found and captured in St Catherine's Woods in mid-January.

Following his return to Durrell, Geoff was put into quarantine for 30 days to ensure that he had not picked up any infections, however, plans to reunite him with his family were delayed as urgent repair works needed to be

undertaken to drains next to the otter enclosure.

As Asian short-clawed otters are social animals, the keepers at Durrell were concerned that Geoff's family would reject him and preferred to ensure that his reintroduction took place when the area was quiet and calm, but he was finally reunited with his family on Friday morning.

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