Otter death at Calgary Zoo blamed on pair of pants
Sadness struck the Canadian Wilds last week when the Calgary Zoo’s 12-year-old otter, Logan, passed away.
After an investigation into Logan’s death it was determined that an unauthorized enrichment item, a pair of pants, was given to the otters by a zookeeper.
The otter had drowned after becoming tangled in the pants, according to a necropsy. The investigation identified that zoo protocols were broken by two staff members who have been disciplined.
“This error is simply unacceptable,” says Colleen Baird, Calgary Zoo General Curator.
“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.