A sea lion has died at the St. Louis Zoo.
“Bennie,” as he was known, was born at the zoo in 2002 and would have been 12 years old in June.
The 500 pound sea lion was one of the stars of the zoo’s sea lion show. But he stopped performing two weeks ago and had been under veterinary care.
The zoo says a necropsy will be performed by its pathologist, but it will take several weeks for the zoo to get the lab results needed to determine the cause of death.