Sea lion gets new playmate

Staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary have welcomed a new arrival to their marine menagerie.

Sunshine (photo right), a Californian Sea lion, has arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary after being transported all the way from Wuppertal Zoo in Germany.

The 18-months old Sea lion has been brought in with the hope of providing one of the centre´s existing residents, André, with a "pool partner".
Andre The team at the Gweek-based rescue centre had been searching for several months to find the perfect playmate for the older sea lion and were thrilled when they heard about "Sunny".

"André (photo left) arrived in May 2009 from Chessington Zoo and he is approaching his eighth birthday, so this is a lovely gift for him," said Tamara Cooper, Head of Animal Care at the Sanctuary.
The two Sea Lions are yet to be introduced, as keepers give Sunny time to get used to his new surroundings - a recently re-lined pool which allows the Sea Lions to glide in and out of the pool, something Tamara says they love to do when they are playing.

"A new annex area has been added to allow for safer keeper access and an escape area for Sunny to reduce any conflict between him and André while they establish their hierarchy," Tamara added.

Photo right: Dan, a member of the Animal Care Team, feeding Sunny
Californian Sea Lion Enclosure "Later André will also be allowed access into this area as a playroom."

The refurbished pool also has new larger windows for visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the pair.

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
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Issue Date: 15th April 2014