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Adorable Moment a Sea Lion Shows Concern When Little Girl Trips and Falls in Front of Its Tank


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Gillian
- 2190 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
When this little girl tripped and fell as she ran alongside a sea lion's tank, her parents weren't the only ones who showed concern. As this footage shows, the sea lion itself stopped abruptly and turned back on itself to check that her young playmate



   

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Gillian M (218)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 4:18 pm
When this little girl tripped and fell as she ran alongside a sea lion's tank, her parents weren't the only ones who showed concern.

As this footage shows, the sea lion itself stopped abruptly and turned back on itself to check that her young playmate was okay after taking a tumble.

The adorable moment was caught on camera this week by visitors at the American Trail section of the National Zoo in Washington D.C. and has since become a web sensation.

The short clip shows the young girl dashing alongside the tank with the sea lion swimming alongside her in a game of chase.

But when the youngster turns her back on the tank, she trips forward, falling to her knees.

Wondering where her new friend had gone, the sea lion abruptly stops and turns back to check on the girl as a woman's voice asks: 'Are you okay?'

With the sea lion staying in one spot and looking out to the girl, another voice says from behind the camera: 'Look, he's worried about her. He's like, "Is she okay?"'

The American Trail at the National Zoo is home to ten species of animals, including the California sea lion, the harbor seal and the North American river otter.

Four female California sea lions live at the zoo, three-year-old Sidney, seven-year-old Summer, seven-year-old Calli and one-year-old Sophie.

 

James merritt jr (144)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:05 pm
Awesome, thank you for sharing!
 

Freya H (345)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 7:45 pm
Goes to show that non-sapient animals can have morals. Take that, religious bugnuts!
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:21 pm
aww
 

Terry V (30)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:35 pm
thanks
 

Ingrid A (524)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:18 am
Very cool.
 

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:21 pm
grazie Gillian!!!! chea cosi spettaccolare!!!!!absolutamete bellissimo!!!!!
 

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:22 pm
also noted !!!!!great article!!!!
 

Connie O (45)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:18 pm
Sweet...sometimes animals are more "human" than humans.
 

Kayleigh Harter (9)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:41 pm
Cute!
 

Shawna S (45)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:55 pm
Funny to read the comments in the article and the comments here. There - they think the seal was watching for it's next meal; Here - we see the compassion of the little girl falling.
Seeing the positive is good for the heart and your health. Kudos Care2 peeps.
noted..thanks :")
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:03 pm
Beautiful! I can only dream of a world inhabited by 80% animals+20% humans...what a wonderful world it would be...thanks
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:34 pm
Thank you for sharing this treasure. Perhaps it will help humans recognize that animals are emotional thoughtful being and is some cases more humane than humans.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:35 pm
Oops! (n, p, t)
 

Maureen C (4)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:38 pm
Aww!

I know that seals and sea lions will follow and play with divers in the water, so I believe this was concern, or puzzlement.
 

Kerrie G (116)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:21 am
Shared and noted, thanks.
 
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