ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Awww!

A pair of baby North American River Otters have arrived at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center in Roanoke this past weekend.

Staff at the center says that receiving river otters is a rare event – even though they see more than 160 species each year.

The river otters were found outside of their den – nowhere near a water source, and far away from any signs of parents.

(Image courtesy of the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center).

The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center says they believe that someone may have moved them and dropped them off at the location they were rescued from.

A conservation police officer brought the river otters to the center. They were said to be week, hungry and scared.

They say that otters are common, but historically declined due to the fur trade in early American history and because of the decline in water quality in more recent times.