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Subject: 'Unauthorised trousers' kill Canadian zoo's otter

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/22/16 at 7:22 am

A Canadian zoo is under scrutiny following the death of an otter which had been given a pair of trousers to play with in its enclosure.

Logan, a 12-year-old American river otter, drowned at Calgary Zoo after being given the article of clothing as an "unauthorised enrichment item", the Calgary Sun newspaper reports.

The zoo's general curator, Colleen Baird, says Logan got trapped in one of the trouser legs, and two employees have subsequently been disciplined following an investigation into the incident.

"It was human error and we take animal deaths very seriously," she tells the paper, but refuses to be drawn on who was responsible. "It's irrelevant how exactly the pants got in there, it's more that the pants got in there in the first place."

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