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Animal Rescue Update: Latte

One of the rescued grey seals in our care, nicknamed Latte, suddenly passed away over the weekend.

Published May 01, 2018

The National Aquarium is saddened to share that Latte, the grey rescue seal, passed away after an unexpected seizure event this past weekend. A full necropsy (an animal autopsy) was performed to determine the factors that may have contributed to Latte’s quick decline.

Latte the grey seal

Final results are pending, but preliminary findings point to a congenital defect that caused a blockage in her esophagus that prevented blood from flowing from her abdomen to her heart, causing a shortage of oxygen to reach her brain.

The sudden loss of Latte is a difficult reminder of the reality of caring for rescued animals. Our experienced Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams provided extensive care for Latte, and are devoted to providing the highest-quality care to every animal that comes through our doors.

Our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams continue to treat the two seals in our care, Marmalade and Lox.

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