Sad News: Beloved North American River Otter Passes Away at Beardsley Zoo

The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut, announced the passing of one of their North American river otters. The otter, named Neo, was found unresponsive in his exhibit and was later declared dead. The zoo staff immediately contacted their veterinary team and a necropsy (animal autopsy) was conducted to determine the cause of Neo’s death. The results showed that Neo suffered from pneumonia, a common illness among otters.

North American river otters are known for their playful and curious nature, making them a popular attraction at many zoos. They are found throughout the United States and Canada and are considered a keystone species, meaning they play an important role in maintaining the health and balance of their ecosystem.

The Beardsley Zoo, which has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is mourning the loss of Neo and is committed to providing the best care for their remaining animals. The zoo has a long history of conservation efforts and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which sets standards for animal care and welfare.

Neo’s passing is a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of taking care of our environment and the animals that inhabit it. The Beardsley Zoo encourages visitors to learn more about North American river otters and to support conservation efforts to protect these amazing animals for future generations.

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