Male otter, Pacino, dies at Reid Park Zoo
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Zoo keepers at the Reid Park Zoo got an unfortunate surprise Sunday when they found "Pacino," a male African Spot-Necked Otter unconscious.
Zoo keepers rushed Pacino to the Zoo's Health Center, but he did not respond to treatment and was pronounced dead, according to the Zoo's Facebook page.
Zoo keepers estimated that Pacino was around 2-years-old when he was caught in the wild in 2001, which would have made him at least 14-years-old when he died, said Vivian Van Peenen educational curator for the Reid Park Zoo.
Van Peenen tells KGUN9 that Pacino has been in Tucson since 2001 and came to the Zoo as part of the species survival plan program.
According to a statement on the Zoo's Facebook page, the Zoo's veterinarians and pathologists conducted a preliminary necropsy and discovered a tumor on Pacino's adrenal gland along with some changes to his heart muscle.
The statement also said that although more tests are needed to determine the exact cause of death, Pacino showed no symptoms of chronic health conditions.
Finally, the statement says Zoo staff thanks the visitors for their concern and support during a difficult time. "Pacino" will be missed by staff and visitors alike.