Grandfather Mountain, NC-- Wednesday, Officials at Grandfather Mountain announced the death of a long time animal.
Park officials said "Santee" the river otter died after a battle with lung cancer. They believe the otter was 13 years-old. Santee ws seen by a veterinarian after workers noticed his breathing pattern had suddenly become irregular. He did during examination.
An autopsy later revealed his condition to be cancer, covering the majority of his lungs.
According to the park, Santee came to live on Grandfather Mountain in February 2002 when he was around one and a half years old.