Great Lakes Aquarium Announces Death of Retired River Otter

Anang was 20 years old, and died of natural causes related to her age

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium announced the death of its beloved, retired river otter, Anang.

Anang was 20 years old, and the Aquarium says she died of natural causes related to her age. She was in an off-exhibit holding area, designed as her retirement quarters, where she passed away.

“Anang has been with us for many years. We can take solace in the fact that she lived a full and happy life filled with many ice treats, piles of leaves, and minnows to catch,” said Natalie Riemer, senior animal care specialist and Anang’s primary keeper.

The female North American river otter came to the aquarium in 2001, after being discovered alone as a juvenile otter in Florida.

Anang served as the otter ambassador on exhibit from 2001 to 2013, she was then moved to a smaller space for her retirement.

“We saw her starting to slow down a little bit more, but she went very peacefully,” said Jay Walker, director of operations of the Great Lakes Aquarium. “We’re really sad she is gone, but I’m very proud of our staff and the team that took care of her. They gave her above and beyond care that these animals would need.”

The average life expectancy for North American river otters in the wild is 8 to 10 years, in captivity they can live 15 years or longer.