Famous BasketballPlaying Sea Otter Eddie Dies at Age 20

first_imgStay on target The internet has lost another cute starlet: Eddie, the famous basketball-playing sea otter from Portland, has died at at the age of 20.On Thursday, the Oregon Zoo announced Eddie’s passing in a press release, and said he was humanely euthanized following a decline in health due to old age. At 20, Eddie was considered one of the oldest sea otters in the world.In loving memory of Eddie.At nearly 21, he was one of the oldest and most-loved sea otters on the planet. pic.twitter.com/mteRMVlmNF— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) December 20, 2018“He was quite feisty as a young otter, and we still saw that spirit come through during his later years. He ot along great with our two younger otters, Juno and Lincoln, and was often observed wrestling and playing with them,” Amy Cuttling, who oversees the zoo’s marine life area, said in the press release. “But, he was the elder statesman of the group, and they learned to leave him alone when he wanted to rest.”About six years ago, Oregon Zoo keepers began training Eddie to dunk a toy basketball during physical therapy. In 2013, video footage of his behind-the-scenes fitness routine went viral on the internet, generating more than 1.7 million views on Oregon Zoo’s YouTube channel.To celebrate his 20th birthday, Portland Trail Blazers mascot, Blaze, sent a gift basket with enrichment toys to Eddie’s keepers and placed a Blazers logo on the backboard of his training hoop. Eddie’s behind-the-scenes exercise area, a small pool that was connected to the zoo’s Steller Cove habitat, was transformed into an adorable, marine-friendly basketball court.“We’ll never forget our friend Eddie, a true ambassador for otters and the game of basketball,” the Trail Blazers team wrote on their Twitter account. “Thanks to the Oregon Zoo for bringing him into our lives.”More on Geek.com:Ripped Kangaroo and Internet Star, Roger, Dies at Age 12Newly Discovered Blind, Burrowing Amphibian Named After Donald TrumpUnique Red Wolf DNA Found in Texas Canines Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more