August 11, 2022

Travel & Leisure

19-year-old river otter dies at Backyard Metropolis Zoo

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Lee Richardson Zoo in Yard Metropolis acknowledged farewell to Ariel, the 19-yr-outdated, lady river otter who handed absent abruptly Wednesday morning.  Necropsy outcomes are pending. 

The median life-style expectancy for North American river otters is 12.3 a very long time.  Ariel debuted on the zoo in September of 2003 instantly after arriving from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo.  For the final twenty years, she and the male otter “Brighton” have been playfully entertaining and educating web site guests to the Kansas Waters spot of the zoo.

Staff say they’re saddened by the discount however will bear in mind Ariel’s antics with a smile.  Keepers will give supplemental enrichment to the male to maintain him occupied proper till a brand new companion can trip to Backyard City.  Lee Richardson Zoo will work with the North American River Otter Species Survival Strategy to acknowledge an acceptable mate as shortly as possible.  The NARO SSP is an AZA committee that collectively manages the animals within the inhabitants in human care to maintain the populace balanced, every genetically and demographically.

Otters are a member of the Mustelid or weasel members of the family.  Different members of the Mustelid family include skunks, badgers, weasels, minks, fishers, ferrets, and wolverines.  Brighton will be witnessed within the Kansas Waters habitat up coming to Cat Canyon.  Present zoo basic public hrs are 8 a.m. till finally 7 p.m. day-to-day.

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