Join our zoo community

Wellington Zoo Jin the Otter dies at Wellington Zoo

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by AnzacApe, 19 Aug 2010.

  1. AnzacApe

    AnzacApe New Member

    Joined:
    14 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    4
    Location:
    Greytown, New Zealand
    From Stuff website
    Jin the escapee otter dies - national | Stuff.co.nz

    An otter that once famously escaped from Auckland Zoo has died in Wellington.

    Jin, a three short clawed Asiatic otters, was found dead in her enclosure at Wellington Zoo on Monday morning, the zoo said in a statement today.

    Jin caught the imagination of New Zealanders in 2006 with her 26-day escapade around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.

    She dug through two walls and scaled a 1.8-metre-high barrier to reach freedom.

    Jin arrived at Wellington Zoo with breeding partner Jala, via a short three-month stay at Christchurch's Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, in November 2007, the zoo said.

    ''For the last six months she had been introduced to a new breeding partner Bud, but was unsuccessful in delivering any pups.

    ''Our Keepers noted that she was a feisty animal, always ready to try to nibble at their boots when they were caught unawares they learnt to become ever more vigilant at these tactics over the years.''

    A post mortem is being held at Massey University to determine the cause of death of the seven-year-old otter.

    The zoo is looking for a new breeding partner for Bud.
     
  2. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    19,286
    Location:
    everywhere
    a slightly longer article for overseas readers who won't know the story:
    Jin the escaping otter found dead at Wellington Zoo | NATIONAL News
     
  3. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    19,286
    Location:
    everywhere
    and from the SAFE Facebook page (Save Animals From Exploitation, an extremist animal-rights group of nutters):
    SAFE | Facebook
    :rolleyes:
     
  4. driftaguy

    driftaguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    377
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Such a shame... RIP Jin
     
  5. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    4,673
    Location:
    Melbourne, Aust (ex. NZ)
    Apparently the autopsy revealed that she had blood on the lungs, but no cause of death was found. This was not unexpected as the causes of many otter deaths remains unresolved.