Newborn Sea Lion Pup Meets Fans At Worlds Oldest Zoo

This adorable baby sea lion has already become the new star of the seal show at the world’s oldest zoo just weeks after being born.

The as yet unnamed male sea lion was born at the end of June in Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo located in the Austrian capital and this week made his public debut.

Video Credit: CEN/ Tiergarten Schönbrunn

Zoo spokesperson Harald Schwammer said: “Until now, the pup and his mother have been kept in the background so they could enjoy some peace and quiet together.

“Mother Nina came to Vienna Zoo from Munich in 2014. She is looking after her baby really well.”

Mother and child have been kept apart from the rest of the group so the young pup can get used to its surroundings.

The male sea lion was born weighing 12 kilogrammes (26 lbs).

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Picture Credit: CEN/ Tiergarten Schönbrunn

The South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens, formerly Otaria byronia) is native to the continent it is named after and the males are said to keep a harem of females.

At Schoenbrunn zoo, ‘Comandante’ leads the harem and is the new pup’s father.

Comandante weighs a whopping 440 kilogrammes (970 lbs) and eats around five kilogrammes (11 lbs) of fish a day.

Schwammer added: “Adult sea lions are fed fish, but the new pup is not ready for fish yet. For the first six to eight weeks, the sea lion will drink milk from his mother.”

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Story By: Kathryn QuinnSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News