April 28, 2017
The Aquarium is saddened by the unexpected loss of Milo the sea lion. He was loved by the staff and visitors alike. Milo was born in 2006 in a fellow Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institution and came to the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2007.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Milo, and it is a particularly difficult time for staff as he is beloved by so many of us. Milo was loved for his playful nature and big personality, and he will be greatly missed,” said Perry Hampton, Aquarium of the Pacific vice president of animal husbandry.
This past weekend, Milo had shown a loss of appetite although he had no pre-existing health conditions. Staff then began preliminary treatments, examinations, and tests to determine the cause. He passed away suddenly yesterday afternoon. A necropsy was performed, which revealed Milo passed away from liver disease. Milo is survived by his half-brother Harpo, who also arrived at the Aquarium in 2007. Thousands of visitors and staff felt a special bond with Milo, who will be sorely missed.