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The internet’s favorite basketball-dunking, masturbating sea otter has died

RIP, Eddie, who will live on in our GIFs.

 

Samira Sadeque

Internet Culture

Published Dec 21, 2018   Updated May 20, 2021, 10:56 pm CDT

The Oregon Zoo—and most of humanity—is mourning the death of Eddie, the sea otter known for his “creative” masturbation habits and his slam-dunk.

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Eddie was almost 21, which is six years longer than most male sea otters tend to live, according to the Oregon Zoo. He was euthanized on Thursday because of his deteriorating health.

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He was an orphan pup when he was rescued off the California coast in 1988 and taken to Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, which, in a wild coincidence, got heat for posting an insensitive comment with the photo of another otter this week (it’s since apologized). Eddie came to the Oregon Zoo in 2012.

He rose to fame in 2013, as one of the most famous animals on the internet, after his trainer taught him how to dunk a basketball as treatment for his arthritis. He was also often caught pleasuring himself. Now, the internet grieves.

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Eddie is survived by two other sea otters, Lincoln and Juno.

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2018, 8:52 am CST