Sea lion’s death is Rochester zoo, the third in 4 months

ROCHESTER, new york – A third of the sea lion died at Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo in the west of the state of New York in just four months.

Zoo Director Larry Sorel confirmed Monday that the Sunny, sea lion pup was born at Seneca Park in June died unexpectedly last week, for reasons that have not yet been determined.

The staff was Sunny at the bottom of her swimming pool on the morning of Dec. 12. A necropsy showed no obvious cause of death.

Jeffrey Wyatt, the zoo’s director of animal health and conservation, says evidence suggests there is no link between the three recent deaths.

Sunny’s mother, Marina, died after suffering an epileptic seizure in September. Boomerang, a 10-year-old male sea lion, died of congestive heart failure in October.

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