Monday, May 10, 2010

When Chino met Subee

A fountain of water splashed up towards the zoo keepers as Chino the California Sea Lion made his way from his transport crate into seal island last Tuesday morning. At 562 pounds, he makes quite a splash!

After nibbling a few fish that trainer Julie dropped in for him, he went off to explore the island. To Chino's surprise, he was greeted by a petite, 100 pound sea lion named Subee. Subee had been on the island for about a week and a half exploring her new exhibit and she appeared quite excited to meet Chino. As soon as she saw him, she went up and nuzzled noses with him, then proceeded to follow him around the island.

Subee and Chino seem to be getting along swimmingly. Both are eager to eat the fish the trainers offer them, but are just as happy to swim along next to eachother in their free time. In a few weeks, they will be joined by Harbor Seals, Max and Ginger and the island will be full for the season.

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