- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Mika has turned 20, and officials at the Children’s Zoo in Saginaw say she’s the oldest North American river otter alive today at an accredited zoo.

The Midland Daily News (http://bit.ly/1K2N0AG ) says that Mika has been at the Saginaw zoo for four years and celebrated her birthday there Wednesday.

Twenty is well beyond the typical otter lifespan. They live an average of eight to nine years in the wild.

Bootie is the zoo’s other otter and likes to dash around and do flips in the pool. Mika is more likely to curl up in a warm den awaiting her three daily meals of fresh fish and vegetables.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has emphasized geriatric care in recent decades, one reason the Children’s Zoo has many older animals.

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Information from: Midland Daily News, http://www.ourmidland.com

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