The Odd Couple
A male and female sea lion of different species have struck up a surprise friendship after both losing their respective partners.
Cornwall's National Sea Life Sanctuary suffered two tragedies in quick succession when Rocky the Californian sea-lion lost his lifelong partner, and then Patagonian sea-lion Carus passed away at the ripe old age of 27.    Efforts to find new partners for both Rocky and Carus's ladyfriend Boadicea are still on-going.
"The new arrivals are still week, if not months away though," said animal care supervisor Tamara Cooper, "so in the interim we thought we'd see if Rocky and Boadicea would be happy together."
Boadi, Patagonian Sea Lion It was with some trepidation, however, that the team moved Rocky into Boadicea's larger, newer pool this week…given that Patagonian and Californian sea lions are separated by miles of coastline, and certainly don't usually commune in the wild.

To their delight, however, the pair hit it off immediately and both already appear happier, and more active.
Rocky, Californian Sea Lion
"Luckily we don't have to worry about the prospect of Californian or Patagonian babies, because Rocky has never displayed any interest whatsoever of a physical nature.   "Well not beyond touching noses anyway."

Though completely blind, Rocky needed only a couple of hours to have his new environment mentally mapped out and can already propel himself around his and Boadicea's pool at high speed.
Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Rachael Vine or Tamara Cooper on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 8th July 2008

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