Hogle Zoo’s blind California sea lion dies

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SALT LAKE CITY — “Big Guy,” a blind California sea lion who moved to Hogle Zoo last year, has died.

The sea lion had urogenital cancer, which zookeepers say is common in sea lions.

Zookeepers noticed a change in Big Guy’s behavior on July 4. He died on July 8.

“Big Guy was a favorite among keepers and visitors. His slow circular swim and gentle spirit will be missed,” said a posting on the zoo’s Facebook page.

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