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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo grieving death of two sea lions

Zoo veterinary staff and sea lion keeper staff provided rescue medical measures including CPR, but were unable to revive the sea lion.

Posted: Apr 18, 2019 8:19 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2019 8:48 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NEWS RELEASE) - California sea lion, Fishbone, died Wednesday afternoon during a medical procedure at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Zoo veterinary staff and sea lion keeper staff provided rescue medical measures including CPR, but were unable to revive the sea lion.

It's been an especially challenging time due to the loss of Fishbone's sister, Grits on March 30.

Grits had been under veterinary care for the previous 11 days and was not responding to medical treatments.

Grit's health continued to deteriorate and staff made the difficult decision to euthanize her.

"We share this heartbreak with our animal care professionals who cared for these sea lions every day, for the past 17 years. We thank them for their outstanding work" said Jim Anderson, Executive Director.

Born June 14, 2001 at Sea World Orlando, the sisters came to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in October, 2002 to the delight of the millions of guests during the past sixteen zoo seasons.

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