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Sea lion pup newest addition at Seneca Park Zoo

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A sea lion pup was born to 8-calendar year-outdated Lily at the Seneca Park Zoo. (June 2017)
Seneca Park Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo has its newest addition: A sea lion pup born previous 7 days to 8-calendar year-outdated Lily.

The pup will be named once its gender is determined.

“Most people is doing wonderful,” reported Zoo Director Larry Sorel. “It clearly adds to the wonderful knowledge at the zoo for our friends.”

Lily, Sorel observed, is remaining extremely attentive to the newborn, who weighs about 20 pounds and is about 18 inches lengthy.

The pup and mom are in the Rocky Coasts section of the zoo and have accessibility to equally the indoor and outdoor habitat — but the pup has yet to venture outside, wherever it will be obvious to the general public.

Sorel expects the pup to make general public appearances — and with amplified frequency — around the next couple weeks.

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The birth of the pup marks a positive transform of gatherings since a few sea lions died in unrelated circumstances previous calendar year, reported Sorel.

Industry experts who looked at the predicament reported the fatalities did not outcome from the sea lions’ treatment or habitat, in accordance to Sorel.

The Seneca Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Approach for the California sea lion — a software that seeks to sustain genetically assorted populations of California sea lions, who deal with environmental threats from pollution and the fishing sector.

Lily arrived to the zoo in 2009, after struggling an harm to her appropriate front flipper and starting to be stranded on a seaside in Los Angeles County. She was rehabilitated at the Maritime Mammal Treatment Middle in San Pedro, California, right before arriving at the zoo.

JGOODMAN@Gannett.com

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