Dublin Zoo have released the great news that they have three new additions to the crew this month which is bound to excite visitors no end.
This summer sees three new little Californian sea lion pups join their mum at the zoo; the first California sea lions born in six years!
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 either. 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.
Make sure you get down to see the new arrivals soon!