It’s an exciting time to visit Belfast Zoo – they’ve just welcomed a California sea lion pup.

The pup was born on June 15 to mother, Arielle and father, Wesley, and is yet to be named.

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California Sea Lion pup, as yet unnamed

Since becoming home to California sea lions over 60 years ago, many pups have been born. Wesley arrived in Belfast in February 2007 and has fathered 18 pups, bringing the total number of sea lions at Belfast Zoo to seven.

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Zoo curator, Andrew Hope, said: “Sea lions are extremely popular with both keepers and visitors! The gang are certainly one of the noisiest species at our Cave Hill site, especially at breeding time!

“Sea lions make all sorts of barks, honks, trumpets and roars and a sea lion pup can pick out its mother just by the sound she makes.  Between the male’s roaring, the mother’s barking and the pup’s bleating the sea lions are making themselves heard all across the zoo!”

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The Zoo is organising a range of family activities this weekend for those visiting to see the new addition.

Zoo manager, Mark Challis, said: “We have a full schedule of animal feeding times which take place every day, so why not call by at 10.45am or 3pm to see the pup ‘making waves’ or check out Wesley and the gang at the underwater viewing area!

You can support the care of Belfast Zoo’s California sea lions by taking part in the animal adoption scheme.

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