NC Zoo rescued Sea Lions "Storm" and "Dyson"
ASHEBORO, N.C.-- The North Carolina Zoo has lost another animal.
Zoo officials announced Monday that a female sea lion died over the weekend. According to a news release, the cause of
death has not been determined.
The 17 month old mammal was named "Storm", was
found dead in the zoo's Seal/Sea Lion holding facilities around 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, by zoo keepers.
The death was extremely surprising, according to keepers, who
reported that the mammal was behaving normally and showed no signs of illness less
than an hour earlier.
A necropsy performed late Saturday provided no answers, zoo
Chief Veterinarian Dr. Mike Loomis reported. Blood and tissue samples have been sent to
outside laboratories for further testing in an effort to help determine the
cause of death.
one of two sea lions that arrived in Asheboro in early November after being
rescued by Sea World of San Diego in June 2012.
The remaining three animals appear healthy
and remain on exhibit, according to keepers.
aware that any animals rescued from the wild may have underlying health issues
that contributed to their original need for rescue," said zoo General Curator
*Information provided by the NC Zoo