Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:15AM
©AFP
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A pair of sea otters have arrived in France after a 9,000-kilometer flight from Alaska to be housed at a sea life park.

Matchaq and Tangiq that belong to the endangered species of sea otters were transferred from SeaLife Center in Alaska as part of a conservation effort.

The animals cannot be released into the wild since they have lived their whole lives in captivity. They will instead go on show at Oceanopolis Sea Life Center where they will join the only remaining otter from a group of 3 brought from Alaska last June.

The new guests were treated with a cool bath in a quarantine center after spending 15 hours aboard the jet that was chartered for their transfer. The mammals are still considered endangered despite the ban on their hunt.