“This is a deeply sad day for Londoners and all those people who knew and loved our Storybook seals,” the mayor, Joe Fontana, said in a statement
Sunday. “We were trying to do what was best for the seals: find them a more appropriate place to live out their years."
Harbour seals die in transport to zoo
The seals, 2 of 4 who were being transferred
by air-conditioned truck to the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri, were traveling with a curator from the American zoo. The curator checked on them and found them all well twice before finding one ill on the third check They stopped at a zoo in Indianapolis for medical attention, where it was discovered a second and third seal were unresponsive and unwell.
Eleven and 12-years-old respectively, Atlantis and Nunavut were identified as the two who died. Of the other two, both 19, Cri Cri is now recovering in the Indianapolis zoo while Peanut has arrived safely at the Saint Louis Zoo.
Saint Louis Zoo officials said that they don't know why the three seals became ill and two died but are conducting tests to determine the cause. “We are truly saddened by this news,” Fontana wrote in his statement.