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Much Loved Sea Lion Pup Passes Away

Friday, November 12, 2010 3:04pm

Media Release

Adelaide Zoo’s much loved female Sea Lion pup passed away through the night of 10 November due to a medical condition.

The female pup was born 31st October to first time Mum Ady, who rejected her upon birth. The pup was being hand-raised at Adelaide Zoo’s Animal Health Centre and seemed to be doing very well for being orphaned.

Animal Health Centre Manager Dianne Hakof said the pup was beginning to become a real favourite among Zoo staff and will be sorely missed.

“She was a real sweetheart and captured the hearts of all who came in contact with her.

“It was sad this morning not to see her but we are left with many lovely memories and have learnt so much from her in the short time she was with us,” said Mrs. Hakof.

Head Veterinarian at Zoos South Australia, Dr Wayne Boardman said, “From our initial findings we discovered a hole in the pup’s heart and a problem with one of the arteries coming from the heart.

“Although staff did everything possible for this pup she would not have survived the long term with this type of heart condition,” said Dr Boardman.


So sorry to hear of the sad loss of the new seal pup and for all the staff who work so hard and get so involved. Heartbreaking for all concerned but at least she was much loved during her short life.
Posted By: Anah Guy on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 2:46pm
That is so sad
Posted By: Fiona Morrison on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:58pm
That is so sad that we lost her.
Posted By: Kim Kilroy on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 5:37pm
I'm so sorry to read this. I had not heard of the pup's birth since we visited the zoo in October, so it's very sad to find out. Well done to the staff for giving her the best chance possible.
Posted By: Kelly Cole on Thursday, November 25, 2010 9:54pm
So sorry to hear this! (This reminds me of Viet's baby)... I was really looking forward to see this cutie! =(
Posted By: Amanda on Monday, December 13, 2010 7:00pm

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