THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 10:55 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 11:01 PM EST
VANCOUVER -- A much-loved sea otter that won the hearts of Vancouver Aquarium's staff and visitors while recovering from gunshot wounds has died.
Walter, also affectionately known as Wally, was rescued from a Tofino, B.C., shoreline on Oct. 19, 2013, after locals reported a sea otter that appeared lethargic.
Veterinarians soon discovered he was blind and suffering from gunshot wounds, so they amputated part of his flipper, cared for his injuries and even performed a root canal.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada determined he couldn't be released because he was blind and in poor health, so the aquarium became his home.
The aquarium says Walter's last years were happy and pain free but his health began to deteriorate in the spring, he began to slow down and could no longer groom himself.
A CT scan was scheduled for Walter in the coming weeks, but the aquarium says he died early Wednesday at an estimated age of 15 to 17 years.
File photo of Walter, a rescued sea otter that was blinded by a shotgun blast at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C. on Tuesday January 7, 2014. (Carmine Marinelli/Postmedia Network/Files)
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