Wolf Dies at Lake Superior Zoo

By KBJR News 1

Wolf Dies at Lake Superior Zoo

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A wolf at the Lake Superior died Tuesday following emergency exploratory surgery.

The Lake Superior Zoo announced the death Friday. The wolf, named Cohen, was on loan from the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus, MN.

Zoo staff had observed Cohen become increasingly lethargic over several days. On Tuesday, Cohen was brought to the zoo's Animal Care Center for evaluation. Emergency surgery was decided to be the best option and most appropriate.

The zoo's veterinarian, Dr. Louis Beyea, said Cohen had a serious and deadly infection in his abdominal cavity that was the result of a ruptured abscess. To make matters worse, the abscess was also adhered to the main blood supply to the entire digestive tract.

If the abscess was removed, it would have resulted in the loss of blood supply to 75% of the small intestine and 30% of the large intestine.

Cohen's two brothers remain at the zoo.

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