If it’s been a while since your last visit to Dublin Zoo then you might want to start planning your return.
The leading tourist attraction has announced the birth of not one, but three California sea lion pups over the course of two weeks.
The latest additions, which include one male and two females, are the offspring of father Niko and proud mums Florence, Seanna and Cassie.
Team leader Eddie O’Brien said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome three births in just two weeks. I’m delighted to say that the new mums and their young are doing very well. 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.”
It is not a coincidence that the three new arrivals were born in June. Sea lions give birth at optimum times of the year, when the conditions are at their best and food is plentiful, giving them a greater chance of survival.
Dublin Zoo takes part in the European Breeding programmes for California sea lions.
To see the newest members of the colony, visit Dublin Zoo’s Sea Lion Cove. Dublin Zoo, a not-for-profit organisation, is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 6pm from March – September.
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