Monday, March 24, 2008
It’s been about a month since my last update on Harpo and Milo, our two youngest California sea lions. It’s my pleasure to report that this past Thursday, March 20, these two frisky pinnipeds joined the rest of our flippered family in the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat and now you can come and welcome them, too!
Milo was born in May 2006 at another facility. He had to be hand raised by husbandry specialists because his mother wasn’t quite ready for a pup at the time of his birth. He was bottle fed for a while, and then weaned on to fish. While he and Harpo were housed behind-the-scenes, Milo would always try to be the dominant one and boss Harpo around. Since they have gone into the main exhibit, however, it seems Milo is also interested in making some new friends!
Harpo was born a month later than Milo, and the two have been together ever since. If there’s one thing that young sea lions love to do, it’s play! Harpo is a very playful sea lion, even if he has to play by himself. One of his favorite things to play with is ice! He’ll take a cube and toss it in the air, catch it, toss it, catch it, until it finally melts. Then he moves on to the next cube. Occasionally during a feeding/training session he’ll do the same thing with his fish. With his playful demeanor, he’s made some new friends in the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat as well!
I had some time during my volunteer day last Friday to observe how things were going in the exhibit. It seems that all is well, and Parker (our 6 year old male) is showing the new kids around just like he did with Odin. The four of them can frequently be seen swimming around the exhibit, hanging out together. There were even a few times they were all floating on the raft together, either barking at one another or sleeping. The sight of all of them sharing that raft is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time! I recommend a visit to the Aquarium sometime in the near future so you can witness Harpo’s playfulness and Milo’s mischievousness for yourself. Come and have a look at the newest members of our fantastic, dynamic pinniped family!
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