Thomas, the longtime resident river otter at the High Desert Museum, died Friday from old age. Thomas was 16 years old and had been delighting museum guests since 2002.
“Our wildlife staff, volunteers, and our frequent visitors are going to miss Thomas tremendously,” said Museum President Janeanne Upp. “He’s been a wonderful companion over the years, and a tremendous asset to this museum.”
Last winter, the museum added a second river otter, a 4-year-old male named Rogue. As Upp explained, the two got along splendidly.
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