WATCH: Vancouver Aquarium otters frolic in the snow during B.C. winter storm


WATCH: It’s otter-ly adorable. Three rescued sea otters – Mak, Kunik and Hardy – play in the snow during the winter storm on Feb. 23. Credit: Vancouver Aquarium 

While the snowstorm pounding Metro Vancouver may be frustrating for humans, three animals at the Vancouver Aquarium are certainly enjoying the winter weather.

The aquarium shared a video of three rescued sea otters playing with snowballs during an enrichment activity. The otters were Mak and Kunik, who are both two-years-old, and Hardy, who is eight-months-old.

Hardy was found swimming alone off of northern Vancouver Island in June 2017. He was picked up by boaters and was brought to Port Hardy, then taken to the aquarium.

“Enrichment sessions are an important part of everyday care for marine mammals living at Vancouver Aquarium; these sessions provide mental and physical stimulation for the animals and strengthen bonds with their trainers,” communications advisor April Penney said in a release.

The snowstorm sweeping across parts of British Columbia has prompted travel advisories and cancelled flights in Vancouver.

Environment Canada issued separate snowfall advisories for the north and central coasts, Cariboo, Prince George, Sea to Sky and Howe Sound regions, along with the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver.

Snow accumulations ranging from five to 20 centimetres were forecast for those areas.

The Transportation Ministry warned that travel on highways 16 and 97 near Prince George was difficult because of limited visibility and blowing snow.

Several post-secondary schools across Metro Vancouver cancelled classes or exams because of the snow, including Simon Fraser, Emily Carr, and Kwantlen universities, and Langara and Douglas colleges.

With files from The Canadian Press


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