Lake Superior Zoo Says Goodbye to Vivian the Seal

By KBJR News 1

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Lake Superior Zoo Says Goodbye to Vivian the Seal

March 4, 2013 Updated Oct 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It was a sad day at the Lake Superior Zoo as staff said goodbye to one of their seals.

Vivian, the Zoo's 23 year old harbor seal, died on Saturday following emergency surgery.

Vivian was one of two seals who became the poster children of the June Floods in Duluth, after they were found swimming along Grand Ave when their zoo home was flooded.

The animal care team at the Como Park Zoo and Conservancy, where Vivian had lived since the Floods destroyed her home, opted for surgery after they observed the seal had lost weight and become lethargic.

A previous surgery was done in late December to remove a blockage in her stomach.

The second surgery revealed considerable scar tissue from the stomach surgery prompting the medical team to make the decision to euthanize.

Vivian, had been showing signs of health concerns prior to being transferred to the Como Park Zoo and Conservancy after the June 2012 flood.

Female harbor seals have a life expectancy of 30-35.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns