“Wilson will be a tough loss for everyone,” said zookeeper Erik Bowker. “He was an amazing otter to work with due to his incredible intelligence and love for foods of all kind. He was a wonderful ambassador for his species and drew the attention of kids and adults alike. His ability to interacting with the public delighted many as he often stood nose-to-nose with children at the glass of his exhibit. He will be greatly missed.”
Wilson was wild born in South Carolina but unfortunately was orphaned with his sibling. He was considered non-releasable by authorities and was given a home in a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He came to the Sacramento Zoo in 2006 and shared an exhibit with Percy, the female North American River Otter. Wilson’s last extensive veterinary exam was April 16, 2013 including a full blood panel test and physical exam. The veterinarians did not find anything abnormal or cause for concern.
North American River Otters are native to the freshwater rivers and streams in the United States. The largest concentration of otters in California is the Suisun Marsh, about 40 miles from Sacramento. They can also be found in the Yolo Basin, and the American River range, even stretching to the foothills.
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