Daz and Chip two elderly otters who were best friends and lived side-by-side for 15 years have both passed away within an hour of each other. It’s thought the second heartbroken animal passed away from the stress of watching his mate die.
Zookeeper John Miller said the Asian otters, who were 19 and 16 years-old, had been best friends for 15 years and it’s thought that having each other for company kept them alive beyond the normal otter life-span of 14 years.
According to handler Gail Sutton, the pair lived to nearly 100 in human years. ‘The only consolation from this is that they both went together because if one had gone without the other, the remaining one would have been really lost.
I hope both Daz and Chip are together and happy in otter heaven having a cracking a feast of clams and together forever.