Baby Sea Lion!

by Shaker RedSonja

As an aspiring exotic animal behaviorist, I spend a LOT of time working for free. Internships and volunteering have turned out to be a great way of getting experience and networking, and my favorite place for that so far has been at Oceans of Fun (, a seal and sea lion training program at the Milwaukee Zoo.

On April 8, I had the privilege of watching one of the California sea lions at our facility give birth to her fifth pup. She was born tail first, which meant that only her hind flippers were visible for quite some time—and she was wiggling them in her effort to be born! She was approximately 14 pounds when she was born, and is growing like a weed. I just wanted to share some pictures of her with you guys. (The third pic is a newborn pic, as you'll be able to see by the umbilical cord, and the rest are older.)

[For the Facebook people, Oceans of Fun is there too and is posting pics of her pretty regularly.]

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