ZOO LOSS: Harbor Seal “Red” Dies

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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.

“It 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.