By Sarah Kaplan

One-year-old Mishka has spent nearly all her life in the water. But fires burning miles away are threatening her health.

The young sea otter, a resident of the Seattle Aquarium, was diagnosed with asthma after inhaling smoke from this summer’s vicious wildfires, according to the aquarium.

Like many people in Washington State and across the west, she has been having trouble breathing the air that’s suddenly full of dust and soot. So, like people, she’ll need to learn to use an inhaler.

Feel free to “aww” now. We’ll wait.

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