Sad news from the Vancouver Aquarium: Walter the sea otter has died.
Known as Wally, the injured mammal was found two years ago near Tofino blinded and suffering from gunshot wounds.
He was estimated to be 13 to 15 years old when he was injured and subsequently found, which is considered old.
Dr. Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, said in a statement the animal was loved for his easy disposition.
“Our marine mammal biologists did a terrific job making his last few years pain-free and happy. He was introduced to and interacted with our female otters on a regular basis and even allowed our staff to touch him for exams, which is amazing for an adult male otter that had never interacted with people before,”
Aquarium staff say Wally’s health had begun to decline recently, but his last couple of years of life were good ones.
In the wild, male sea otters have a life expectancy of 15 years.
See Wally at the Vancouver Aquarium