Some sad news from the Denver Zoo today. Gidget the Sea Lion passed away on October 31. According to a press release, "Gidget" was a 27-year-old California sea lion who was having great difficulty moving and was refusing food and medication. Having lost her quality of life, Gidget was humanely euthanized.
"Gidget was a very charismatic animal that charmed millions of guests over the years at our sea lion show. She loved working with her keepers and awing guests with her swimming and agility. We are deeply saddened by this loss. She was adored by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting her."
[ Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper ]
Gidget was also well known for KUSA-TV sportscaster Drew Soicher's segment "Gidget Picks" where she predicted the winner of each Denver Broncos game by choosing between two team-logoed footballs every week. Although, she was not always accurate, guests still clamored to find out which team she was betting on until her "retirement" in the 2010 season.
[ Denver Zoo Media Release ]
Our thoughts are with everyone at the Denver Zoo. RIP Gidget, you will be missed.