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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Former St. Louis Zoo Sea Lion Dies At The Age Of 31

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Former St. Louis Zoo Sea Lion Dies At The Age Of 31

Peoria, IL (KTRS)  A sea lion who was born at the St. Louis Zoo over thirty years ago has died. The Peoria Journal Star reports that Rosa the sea lion died August 9th at the Peoria Zoo at age 31. Zoo officials say she was in declining health. The median life expectancy for captive sea […]

Former St. Louis Zoo Sea Lion Dies At The Age Of 31

Peoria, IL (KTRS)  A sea lion who was born at the St. Louis Zoo over thirty years ago has died.

The Peoria Journal Star reports that Rosa the sea lion died August 9th at the Peoria Zoo at age 31. Zoo officials say she was in declining health. The median life expectancy for captive sea lions is about 22 years for females.  Zoo director Yvonne Strode says a necropsy, or animal autopsy, was performed and test results are pending.

Rosa was born at the St. Louis Zoo in 1984 and was one of the first occupants of the Peoria Zoo’s sea lion exhibit when she arrived in 1985. Strode remembered Rose as “incredibly intelligent” and said she “learned very quickly what you wanted her to do.”

 

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