BySarah O'Connell, writer at

In 2012, celebrity sea otter Nellie rose to fame for her adorable cup stacking abilities, when a video of her performing went viral on the Internet. Today we are saddened to share the news that 19-year-old Nellie has died at the zoo where she lived in Washington state.

Nellie learned to stack the cups as a form of enrichment designed to provide physical activity and mental stimulation. And she looked damn adorable when she did it.

Unfortunately Nellie was recently suffering from an acute illness and was euthanized according officials at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. RIP Nellie, you'll be missed.

In remembrance, let's have a look at some of Nellie's best moments:

That time Nellie did a cute roll....

That time Nellie stacked her little cups...

That time Nellie couldn't figure out how to stack her cups and got mad...

If you now feel a void and need more otter action in your life, we've got the feature length remedy for you. Tarka the Otter is an action packed family film which follows the life of a real otter and its adventures in the wild.

Apparently it's "a unique experience that will delight the entire family."

You're welcome.

For more instant gratification, check out the best memes from 2015 and the people that made them famous.

Sources: Hello Giggles, You Tube.


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