Jul 15, 2014 7:41 PM by Kenzie Meek-Beck

Otter pup dies at Pueblo Zoo

PUEBLO -- The Pueblo Zoo is investigating the unexpected death of a North American river otter pup. 

Last week - Saga, a female pup - was discovered dead in the exhibit, according to the zoo. 

A veterinary team took both tissue and blood samples and determined that the pup died from encephalitis, an acute inflammation of the brain. 

They are working with a veterinary team at Colorado State University - Fort Collins to find the possible causes and future impacts. 

As they monitor the otter family, they are "cautiously optimistic" that this is an isolated occurrence. 


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