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Zoo Says Goodbye to Tommy

Sea lion passes away.

04/17/2017 - The ABQ BioPark Zoo is sad to announce the passing of its 13-year-old California sea lion, Tommy. Tommy was a favorite at the zoo. He was known for giving a “salute” and enjoyed interacting with his keepers and the visitors that came to see him. Tommy was a rescue pup. In 2004, he was found alone on a beach in Laguna Beach, Calif., at only a few hours old. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center warmed Tommy and gave him fluids to keep him alive and he eventually made his way to Albuquerque in March 2005 when he was deemed non-releasable. The cause of death is not yet known, as we are awaiting final necropsy results.