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Tulsa Zoo announces the death of sea lion, Briney

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Updated: 12/20/2013 3:41 pm Published: 12/20/2013 3:41 pm

The Tulsa Zoo announced the death of one of their sea lions on Friday.

Zoo officials said 27-year old Briney was euthanized after an inoperable mass was found in her abdomen.

“Our veterinary staff and our zookeepers constantly monitor our animals for any changes to quality of life. Briney’s recent health concerns necessitated a more comprehensive exam to ensure we could make an informed decision. Sadly the results confirmed our need to end her distress,” says Joe Barkowski, Vice President of Animal Conservation and Science at the Tulsa Zoo.

A resident of the Tulsa Zoo for nearly all of her life, zoo officials said Briney had a place in each of their hearts.

The average life span for a sea lion in captivity is on average of 22 years.

In honor of Briney, the zoo is asking people to share their memories on their Facebook page and beginning on Monday, on a special message board at the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/20/2013 3:46 PM
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Heck I'll go here. Off into the Briney depth rest ye in davey jones locker.
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