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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announces death of river otter

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announced the loss of Bart over the weekend. Bart is one of their two North American River Otters.

According to their news release, at the time of his death, Bart was approximately 18-years-old and one of the oldest of his species registered in an AZA-accredited facility. Bart lived a long life for his species, despite several health concerns. In the days proceeding his death, members of the animal care team observed that Bart's appetite and activity had declined. Under the care of the Museum & Aquarium's veterinarian, Bart was evaluated and found to have an inoperable tumor. 

Due to his advanced age, and other health issues, the Museum & Aquarium made the decision to humanely euthanize him. 

Bart was brought to the Museum & Aquarium in late 2004 by the Iowa DNR. 

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