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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Enjoying the Fun Antics of Parker the Sea Lion | Hugh  buttonLink

Enjoying the Fun Antics of Parker the Sea Lion

The aquatic equivalent of a Golden Retriever, Parker the California sea lion always tries so hard to please—leaving Aquarium staff and guests many enjoyable “Parker Moments” to remember.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Abe the Avocet and a Rescued Snowy Egret | Hugh  buttonLink

Abe the Avocet and a Rescued Snowy Egret

An American Avocet is introduced to the Shorebird Sanctuary Exhibit and a injured wild Snowy Egret undergoes rehabilitation at the Aquarium.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

THE BIG GUY—MILLER THE SEA LION | Hugh  buttonLink

THE BIG GUY—MILLER THE SEA LION

From orphaned pup to aquatic star; The story of Miller the sea lion.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

“Wallaby-Wannabe” Paddington the Dusky Pademelon | Hugh  buttonLink

“Wallaby-Wannabe” Paddington the Dusky Pademelon

A small kangaroo-like critter helps a husbandry volunteer celebrate his birthday.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

RADIO FLYER The Wild Western Gull | Hugh  buttonLink

RADIO FLYER The Wild Western Gull

A wild Western gull chooses the Aquarium’s seal and sea lion exhibit to raise his young.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Seal with Abilities Beyond Her Disabilities | Hugh  buttonLink

The Seal with Abilities Beyond Her Disabilities

A blind harbor seal regains her ability to retrieve objects tossed into the exhibit and in doing so teaches her trainer not to underestimate those with a perceived disability.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hugh’s View of the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s View of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Imagine swimming with a sea lion whose eyes gaze upon you with a sense of fond familiarity, being hip deep in the water holding a cranky old sea turtle, sitting with a small kangaroo-like critter on your lap in the fresh night air, cradling a delicate shorebird in your hands, having a half-dozen colorful parrot-like birds land on you just because they like your company, being the chauffeur for an animal that looks like a cross between a bear and a cat as he’s towed through the aquarium on a kiddie wagon, having some super fast squirrels climb all over you as you try to feed them, and the joy of enriching the life of an elderly, blind seal by teaching her how to find and retrieve an object tossed into the water—bringing play back into her day.

These are just a few of the wonderful experiences I’ve been fortunate to have as a husbandry volunteer with the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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