R.I.P. Milo the Sea Otter

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Milo, a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium, died from complications of cancer on Wednesday after an extraordinary life -for an otter. Milo, along with a female otter who was rescued from Alaskan waters after the Exxon Valdeez oil spill, Nyac, appeared in a YouTube video called Otters Holding Hands in 2007. That video received 16 million views and made Milo a star. Nyac passed away in 2008. Milo was diagnosed with lymphoma last summer. He responded well to chemotherapy at first, but ultimately succumbed to the disease. Aquarium staff announced Thursday that Milo had been euthanized.
“He was one of our emblematic animals who was loved by staff, volunteers, members and people worldwide. Our team—especially those who worked closely with Milo during the past months to provide specialized care while he was receiving treatment — are saddened by his death, but take solace in his peaceful departure,” said a statement issued by the aquarium.

Lymphoma has been documented before in wild otters whose bodies were recovered after they died in California, but Milo was the first living sea otter to be treated for the disease.

Milo was born in a Portuguese zoo and arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium when he was young.

Milo was twelve years old. Link -via Arbroath

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