Three New Sea Lion Pups For Dublin Zoo

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Three New Sea Lion Pups For Dublin Zoo

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03:48 15 Jun 2018


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Three California sea lion pups have been born at Dublin Zoo over the past two weeks.

The one boy and two girls are the offspring of father Niko and proud mums Florence, Seanna and Cassie.

Team leader Eddie O'Brien said the new mums and their young "are doing very well".

Image: Dublin Zoo

He said: "Generally speaking, sea lion pups tend to spend their first few days on land bonding with their mums before swimming lessons commence.

"While each mum is teaching her pup, she will swim beneath it to keep it afloat and guide it through the water."

Image: Dublin Zoo

It's usual for sea lions to give birth at optimum times of the year - such as June - when conditions are at their best.

This gives them a greater chance of survival.


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