Otter dies after becoming tangled in clothing at Calgary zoo

CALGARY -- An investigation has found that a pair of pants meant only to provide a source of amusement caused the death of a 12-year-old North American river otter at the Calgary Zoo.

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The otter, named Logan, was discovered struggling in the pool last week at the facility's Canadian Wilds section.

A keeper jumped in to save him, but the animal did not survive.

The zoo says in a release that the pants were given to the exhibit's otters in the exhibit without authorization, and that a necropsy revealed Logan drowned after becoming tangled in the clothing.

Officials say their investigation also showed that zoo protocols were broken by two staff members, who have been disciplined.

The zoo has three remaining otters -- a one-year-old male named Finnegan, a 16-year-old male called Callebaut and a 12-year-old female that staff call Charlotte.

"This error is simply unacceptable," said zoo general curator Colleen Baird in the release. "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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