The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary’s otter Lewis has died

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The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary in Barcaldine has announced the death of its beloved otter Lewis.

Lewis, who was 13 years old, died due to a ‘degenerative condition caused by arthritis’.

The sanctuary announced then news on social media, saying: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our much-loved otter, Lewis.

‘In the wild otters usually live for 10 years, however Lewis was 13 years old and remained active and fun with a mischievous personality throughout his time in our sanctuary.

‘Unfortunately, he passed away on Sunday due to a degenerative condition caused by arthritis.

‘Lewis arrived at the sanctuary in 2011 from a zoo in Bristol and quickly became a favourite among our visitors.

‘He will be sadly missed by our visitors and all of our team who have known and cared for Lewis for the past seven years.’

Speaking to The Oban Times, staff member Barbara MacGilvray said: ‘We are coming to terms with the loss of Lewis. In the end, it was kinder to put him down because he was so old.

‘It’s a big loss on the site as he was a big part of it. A lot of people are now asking where he is, but we have to keep going.’

Lewis has lived in the sanctuary alone for the past two years, after his sister Isla died.

‘When she died, he was devastated,’ Barbara added, ‘as were the staff. But he came through it – there was a of enrichment done by the animal care team.’