ZOO LOSS: Harbor Seal “Red” Dies


The Blank Park Zoo is mourning the loss of one if its longtime residents.

Red, the Harbor Seal, died Friday during a medical procedure. The 27-year-old seal had been at the Blank Park Zoo since 1986.

Zoo officials say Red had sickened recently and X-rays showed he had foreign bodies in his stomach. A procedure was performed Friday to remove the items from his stomach, but under anesthesia Red stopped breathing. He was unable to be resuscitated.

β€œIt is always difficult to lose an animal, especially one as wonderful as Red. To lose one during a medical procedure that was intended to help him is especially devastating,” says zoo veterinarian June Olds.

Red was described as laid-back and friendly and was a favorite with trainers just starting their work at the zoo.


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