B.C. woman dragged into the water by sea lion was not feeding the animal, relatives states


The six-yr-aged woman who was dragged by a sea lion into the water off the dock at Steveston Harbour on Saturday gained a superficial wound, the Vancouver Aquarium states.

The woman was addressed for the wound at B.C. Children’s Hospital, then her relatives contacted the aquarium soon after listening to officials say the bite could have microorganisms that involves a certain kind of remedy.

In accordance to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, sea-lion bites “can trigger pretty severe bacterial infections that might lead to amputation of a limb or even demise.”

The federal office also warns men and women, primarily kids, not to feed sea lions or get near to them.

The relatives asked for privacy and no further more information would be forthcoming from the aquarium, spokeswoman Deana Lancaster said.

But the relatives did inform CBC that opposite to impressions, it was an individual else feeding the sea lion, not them. The Lau relatives are not tourists, the father said, inquiring his very first name not be released.

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His daughter was much too near to the sea lion, he told reporter Tina Lovgreen: “That’s a lesson she took and she has taken that lesson in a hard way.”

Lau said his daughter’s grandfather might have saved the girl’s life by jumping into the water so swiftly.

“If he experienced a a person- or two-2nd doubt about that, my woman could have been gone by then,” Lau was quoted as stating.

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A online video shot by Michael Fujiwara, a 23-yr-aged Simon Fraser University engineering university student, of the sea-lion assault went viral around the world, with additional than 21 million views by dinnertime Tuesday.

In 2009, a 5-yr-aged woman who’d been feeding seals earlier in the day was pulled from a dock at a West Vancouver marina just east of Horseshoe Bay by a harbour seal. When her father rescued her, he saw four puncture wounds on her hand. She was taken to clinic, addressed for the wounds and trauma, and released.

Part seven of the Maritime Mammal Rules reads: “No man or woman shall disturb any maritime mammal. The utmost penalty is a fantastic of $a hundred,000.”

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