19-year-old river otter dies at Garden City Zoo

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Lee Richardson Zoo in Backyard Town mentioned farewell to Ariel, the 19-12 months-old, woman river otter who handed absent quickly Wednesday early morning.  Necropsy success are pending. 

The median everyday living expectancy for North American river otters is 12.3 several years.  Ariel debuted at the zoo in September of 2003 after arriving from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo.  For the previous two a long time, she and the male otter “Brighton” have been playfully entertaining and educating guests to the Kansas Waters location of the zoo.

Team say they are saddened by the decline but will bear in mind Ariel’s antics with a smile.  Keepers will supply further enrichment to the male to continue to keep him occupied right until a new companion can vacation to Back garden City.  Lee Richardson Zoo will get the job done with the North American River Otter Species Survival Prepare to recognize an correct mate as quickly as possible.  The NARO SSP is an AZA committee that collectively manages the animals in just the inhabitants in human care to preserve the populace wholesome, equally genetically and demographically.

Otters are a member of the Mustelid or weasel family members.  Other associates of the Mustelid family contain skunks, badgers, weasels, minks, fishers, ferrets, and wolverines.  Brighton can be witnessed in the Kansas Waters habitat upcoming to Cat Canyon.  Current zoo community hrs are 8 a.m. until finally 7 p.m. daily.

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By Harriet