California otter breaks record, celebrates 22nd birthday

LONG BEACH, California -- A California sea otter is celebrating his birthday by breaking a record.

At age 22, Charlie is the oldest southern sea otter in an aquarium or zoo.

The average lifespan of a wild sea otter is 10-15 years.

Charlie has lived at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach ever since it opened after being orphaned as a pup during the El Niño storms of 1997.

Experts said he would not have survived in the wild on his own.
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