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Vancouver Aquarium performs historic sea otter operation

The aquarium says the veterinary team performed what's believed to be the first kidney removal and transfusion on a sea otter.

Sea otter had a fractured rib and other injuries when he was rescued near Tofino in August

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The Vancouver Aquarium say veterinarians have made medical history by removing a kidney and performing a blood transfusion on a sick sea otter.

Corky, the sea otter, was suffering from a fractured rib and other injuries when he was rescued in August near Tofino, B.C.

He was brought to Vancouver, where tests showed one of his kidneys had likely ruptured.

Since the aquarium's head veterinarian was away, officials called in surgical assistance from Seattle.

The aquarium says the veterinary team performed what's believed to be the first kidney removal and transfusion on a sea otter.

Corky's prognosis is guarded. He is currently in critical condition and under 24-hour care.

The Vancouver Aquarium said it performed what's believed to be the first kidney removal and transfusion on a sea otter. (Vancouver Aquarium)

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