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Chattanooga's Tennessee Aquarium misled media on Pete the otter’s death

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Pete, one of the resident otters at the Tennessee Aquarium, died two months ago, a few days after being transported to a temporary training facility while a new exhibit is being built, spokesman Thom Benson said.

In making the announcement Friday, Benson acknowledged that he knew of the death at the time he was telling the media that both Pete and a second otter, Delmar, had been moved to a private wildlife rehabilitation facility in South Carolina for acclimation and training with four other otters that would be part of the new, larger Tennessee Aquarium exhibit.

Delmar and the four other otters now are at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center where they are being cared for and trained by aquarium staff, Benson said. They are being taught cues and behaviors, such as raising a paw on cue, that will be showcased when the new exhibit opens. The schedule now calls for a late-April debut.

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