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Welp, add swimming with otters to the list of things I (and you) need to check out in the very near future!

The Barn Hill Preserve in Ethel, Louisiana, allows guests over the age of 16 to meet these cuddly friends, after they sign a waiver, of course! The experience at the animal preserve also includes a tour of the grounds which includes kangaroos and sloths!

The number of otter swims is limited so the experience can still be fun for the little creatures. Take a look at these photos and tell me you don’t want to get in on this action.

1. She looks like she’s having a blast.

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Otter swims are now open for November. Click Book Now on our Facebook page to book (there are a very limited number of these encounters available and they are on a first come-first served basis. *must be 16 years or older to participate.

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2. Some underwater footage.

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Pumpkin Patch Time is nearly here! Who’s ready to visit our Annual Pumpkin Patch in Ethel, Louisiana? For only $12 a person you’ll get a pumpkin for the patch, meet animals across the Preserve, get lost in the corn maze, play in the corn pit, take a hayride, sit in on an animal show, and more! Festivities kick off October 5th and continue every Saturday and Sunday until November and every weekday for field trips. #pumpkinpatch #barnhill #southlouisiana #louisianatourism

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3. Fun in the sun.

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Otter Swims for the the reminder of 2019 now OPEN Visitors from across the country have agreed that our otter swimming experience is truly unforgettable! Book your swim to meet sloths, binturongs, camels, free-flying macaws, and of course Asian otters! Click BOOK NOW to reserve your tickets. #ottterswim #slothencounter #asianotter

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4. The littlest otter of the bunch.

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Giveaway/Contest vote on the name of our gorgeous female Asian small-clawed otter. Those who participate will be entered to win a FREE otter swim for 1 (winner picked Thursday.) Comment and share your vote for the names:Lyla, Pebbles, or Ariel. Did you know that mother otters have to force babies into “swimming lessons.” Babies are naturally scared of water and are forced to try new things/learn what it takes to become an aquatic acrobat. You can meet our group of otters during an otter swim/encounter in Ethel, Louisiana. #otterswim #asianotter

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5. Yes, I would like to swim with you!

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You OTTER book a swim with us! Starting this week, otter swims will now include meeting this beautiful little girl (name to be determined) otter swims are once per day and only 4 people are allowed into the pool during the encounter. This three hour experience includes meeting water buffalo, free-flying macaws, binturongs, red kangaroos, sloths, and swimming with our Asian otters/meeting our baby. Weekday tours are open from 5-8 and weekend tours from 10-1. Participants must be 16 to participate.#otterswim #asianotter

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6. All the way from New York.

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Mike and Heather, visiting from Ney York, cooling off with “Milo” during an otter encounter. We have recently opened a select number of weekdays for encounter tours/ otter encounters. Our otter experience lasts approximately three hours and includes a meeting a two-toed sloths, water buffalo, three banded armadillos, and a whole lot more! #otterswim #louisianatourism #visiteastfeliciana #asiansmallclawedotter

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7. Chillin’ poolside.

Otter swims are now open for November. Click Book Now on our Facebook page to book (there are a very limited number of…

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8. Too cool for school…in the pool.

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9. Made some new friends.

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10. They sure do look snuggly…

You really “otter” visit June otter swim/encounter tours are filling up quickly! Click book now to book one of our unique hands on experiences.

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Now that is a great time!

OMG… it might be time for a road trip down to Louisiana…just sayin’…