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20-year-old otter Biko euthanized at Phoenix Zoo due to age-related issues

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Zoo)

PHOENIX — A 20-year-old otter named Biko was euthanized at the Phoenix Zoo over the weekend.

Zoo staff said in a Facebook post the spotted-necked otter had been monitored for the past few months due to problems with his rear legs.

As Biko’s legs and other age-related issues worsened, his caretakers decided to put him down Sunday, according to the post.

Staff said Biko was rescued from the wild in 2002 with fragments of buckshot in his head but had no lasting medical issues after being treated.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Biko, our male spotted-necked otter. Biko had been monitored…

Posted by Phoenix Zoo on Sunday, October 27, 2019

He lived at the San Diego Zoo for two years until he was moved to the Phoenix Zoo in 2004, when he was placed with his mate Kima.

According to the post, he was known for his “high-pitched, versatile ‘beep-beep’ vocalization” and for arguing with squirrels who sat on the roof of his habitat.

“We will never forget our adorable boy and his cute, whiskered face,” the zoo’s post stated.

“Thank you, Biko, for allowing us all to bask in your light.”

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