Feb 17, 2016

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Zoo has completed its investigation into the cause of the recent otter death in Cequel Lodge in the Canadian Wilds section of the zoo. It was determined that an unauthorized enrichment item – a pair of pants – was given to the otters by a zookeeper. A necropsy revealed that the otter drowned after becoming tangled in the pants. The investigation identified that zoo protocols were broken by two staff members who have been disciplined.

“This error is simply unacceptable,” says Colleen Baird, Calgary Zoo General Curator. “Our animal care protocols are among the most stringent in the industry and must be followed. We will be reinforcing our protocols with every member of our Animal Care staff to prevent an incident like this from ever happening again.”

The Animal Care Management team regularly reviews and modifies its protocols to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards.

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Trish Exton-Parder               Larissa Mark
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