As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Summer 2019 issue:
Sea Otter Cuteness
by Vivianne Winter
In December of 2018 the Oregon Zoo said goodbye to Eddie, the sea otter, one of the oldest sea otters in the world. Wild otters often live between fifteen and twenty years. Eddie celebrated nearly 21.
Eddie became internet famous in 2013 after a video of him slam dunking a toy basketball as physical therapy for this arthritic elbow joints was viewed more than 1.7 million times on the zoo’s YouTube channel.
When Eddie was orphaned as a young pup along the California coast in 1998, he lacked the skills to survive on his own in the wild and was taken to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for rehabilitation. Deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2000 he went to live at the Oregon Zoo … continue reading the Summer 2020 issue.