Two sea lions acquired by NC Zoo

sgilman@newsobserver.comNovember 1, 2013 

Dyson, a male sea lion, arrived at the N.C. Zoo from California late Thursday.

COURTESY OF THE N.C. ZOO

— Two new sets of flippers and whiskers have arrived at the N.C. Zoo.

A pair of young sea lions, a male named “Dyson” and a female named “Storm,” arrived at the zoo on Thursday as a loan from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Handlers estimate the pair’s age at 16 months.

Sea World of San Diego rescued them in June of last year from La Jolla Beach near San Diego, where they were stranded. The organization rescues about 12 animals per day on average and rehabilitates them for release in the wild. Some animals, like Dyson and Storm, cannot return to the wild.

They arrived in a crate via FedEx air freight at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro on Thursday evening, accompanied by the zoo’s mammal curator Adrian Fowler, two zoo keepers and a trainer from Sea World.

After a required 30-day quarantine period, the sea lions will join two much smaller male harbor seals in the Rocky Coast exhibit.

Gilman: 919-829-8955

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