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Mollie, a rescued sea otter, dies at the Aquarium of the Americas

(Source: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas) (Source: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Mollie, a sea otter at the Aquarium of the Americans, died Wednesday of an undetermined cause.

Initial findings of the necropsy, or animal autopsy, conducted by Louisiana State University pathologists and Audubon Aquarium veterinarians were inconclusive and further test results and evaluations are pending.

"It's never easy when you lose an animal. We are constantly learning from them, not only when they are with us but also when they are not," said Audubon Nature Institute Associate Veterinarian Tres Clarke, DVM. "It's critical to determine how Mollie died so we can help not only our animals, but also those in the wild."

When Mollie was about 3 years-old, she was rescued near the Monterey Yacht Club in California. Given her history of interacting with humans, it was determined that for Mollie's welfare, she should remain in human care.

“We were very fortunate to have had an opportunity to care for Mollie and to be able to share her with our Aquarium guests and members," said Audubon Aquarium Director of Husbandry Beth Firchau. "She was a wonderful companion to Clara and Emma, and our staff will miss her very much.”

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