Puff, a 6-year-old male sea lion at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, N.Y., was under anesthesia Thursday receiving treatment for bloody nasal discharge. The 490-pound sea lion had been receiving treatment for several months but did not recover from Thursday's examination.
"The necropsy confirmed an invasive necrotizing sinusitis, the exact cause of which will be determined in six to eight weeks by subsequent bacterial and fungal cultures and histopathology," Dr. Jeff Wyatt, the Zoo's Director of Animal Health & Conservation said in a statement. "This unusual infectious sinus condition is localized and poses no threat to the health of the Zoo's other sea lions."
Sea lions normally live to be at least 15 to 20 years old.
Puff was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., in 2006. He came to Rochester in May 2007 and became a partRead More »from Puff the Beloved Sea Lion Dies Unexpectedly at New York Zoo