CHICAGO — The Shedd Aquarium reports some sad news this afternoon. A rescued otter died overnight.
In a statement, the Shedd said:
It is with a heavy heart to share that one of Shedd’s rescued female sea otters, “Cayucos” died suddenly overnight.
They say the otter died from “a rare and sudden abdominal condition of which the underlying cause is typically unknown and signs of initial illness are masked.”
Cayucos arrived at Shedd in 2011 after being rescued off the coast of California at only a few weeks old.
Bill Van Bonn, DVM, vice president of animal health at Shedd Aquarium said:
It is a very sad day for Shedd Aquarium – we’ve lost a family member,” “Animal care is our top priority and we continue to learn so much from the animals in our care. Giving her an extended chance at life by providing for her recovery and care here at Shedd, Cayucos gave us the gift of knowledge by allowing us to observe her social and biological behavior – which has contributed valuable insights that inform ongoing animal welfare and environmental conservation efforts for wild sea otter populations.