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Thursday, 31 May 2012
Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male Californian sea lion pup born early last Tuesday morning (22nd
May). The pup, born to mum Seanna, weighs approximately 3kgs.
The young pup joins his mother Seanna, his 3 year old sister Flo and another female sea lion Cassie in their habitat.
Californian Sea Lion
Californian sea lions are born on land and without the ability to swim. For the first day of their lives the mother will stay on land with her pup that will spend most of the time feeding and sleeping. On day two, Mum will lead the pup to water and teach the pup how to swim.
Californian sea lions are fast learners and the pup will be a comfortable swimmer after just one day in the water.
The keeper talk ‘Sealion Splash’ happens at 2.15pm every day so this is a good time for visitors to come along and see the pup splashing about with his family.