Friday, April 13, 2007
For nearly 30 years, Maureen made children laugh and adults cheer. She was a fixture and, indeed a star in the National Zoo.
Recently her keepers became concerned about her lack of appetite and lethargy. A vet was summoned last Wednesday but it was too late.
Most California Sea Lions live maybe 20-25 years, so Maureen was an exception in more ways than her personality and the fact that she lived her life without teeth. She was rescued as a pup from a fishing net that, during her struggles to escape, tore out all of her teeth. Thankfully, she had no problem swallowing fish that were hand-fed to her.
Rest in Peace, Maureen. We will miss you.