WBEZ | sea lion http://www.wbez.org/tags/sea-lion Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sea lion dies at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium http://www.wbez.org/story/sea-lion-dies-chicagos-shedd-aquarium-96961 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/Otis 480P9236.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-05/Otis 480P9236.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 420px;" title="Otis, a 13-year-old male sea lion, was euthanized by the Shedd Aquarium last week. (Courtesy of the Shedd Aquarium)"><br> Caretakers at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium say they have euthanized a 13-year-old male California sea lion named Otis.</p><p>Aquarium officials say they made the decision after the sea lion showed a rapid decline in health due to progressive urogenital cancer. Otis came to the Shedd Aquarium in 2009 as part of a program to relocate sea lions from the Bonneville Dam in Washington state. Dozens of sea lions were endangering fish stocks in the Columbia River.</p><p>Veterinarians say Otis started losing his appetite and showing signs of lethargy a few weeks ago. He was euthanized last week. Shedd Aquarium animal care and training vice president Ken Ramirez said euthanizing the sea lion was a "difficult but necessary decision."</p><p>Shedd has two other male California sea lions named Biff and Tyler.</p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/sea-lion-dies-chicagos-shedd-aquarium-96961