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In photos: Californian sea lion pup born at Dublin Zoo

The young pup was born on land without the ability to swim – but has been taking lessons from his mother.

DUBLIN ZOO IS celebrating the recent arrival of a healthy Californian sea lion pup.

Born last week, the male pup weighs around 3kgs. It shares a habitat with his mother, his three-year-old sister Flo and another female called Cassie.

Californian sea lions are born on land and without the ability to swim, so the young pup spent his first days on land with his mother Seanna. She has since been giving him some lessons, and Dublin Zoo staff say that he is already a comfortable swimmer.

Team leader Eddie O’Brien said that the Zoo is thrilled with the pup’s birth. “I’m delighted to say that mum and pup are doing very well,” he said. “Sea lion’s milk is so rich in nutrients and fat that our new arrival will grow very quickly.”

Dublin Zookeepers present a talk on sealions every day at 2.15pm.

In photos: Californian sea lion pup born at Dublin Zoo
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    (Photo: © Patrick Bolger)
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    (Photo: © Patrick Bolger)
  • Sea lion pup

    (Photo: © Patrick Bolger)

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