Virginia Aquarium wants help gifting a Mr. Potato Head to its octopus

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(Courtesy of the Virginia Aquarium.)

VIRGINIA BEACH — An octopus at the Virginia Aquarium wants a Mr. Potato Head for Christmas.

It loves to manipulate and hide inside that type of toy, according to aquarium spokesman Matt Klepeisz.

The gift idea is one of many hanging on two giving trees in the Virginia Aquarium this year. Staff members selected items that will mentally and physically stimulate the animals, and are asking the public to help purchase them.

The cost for the gifts start at “a few dollars and go up,” according to a media release. It’s the first time the aquarium has tried the giving trees. All items should be returned by Jan. 10, the release said.

Guests can visit the giving trees without paying admission during the aquarium’s operating hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. One tree is in the Bay and Ocean Pavilion. The other is in the Marsh Pavilion.

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