Denver Zoo sea lion dies during surgery prep

POSTED: 09:25 AM MDT Aug 25, 2012 
DENVER (AP) -

One of the Denver Zoo's most recognizable male sea lions has died.

The zoo says Bismarck died Wednesday under anesthesia while he was being prepared for surgery to remove a testicle that hadn't dropped. The surgery was meant to help him avoid future health problems.
   
The sea lion was found near a pier in Newport Beach, Calif., in 2008 as an orphaned pup missing his rear flippers. He came to the Denver Zoo in 2009.
   
Bismarck was believed to be about 5 years old.