Sea lions are adorable creatures, however, we tend to forget that they are still wild animals. This was shown in a video when one hungry sea lion suddenly grabs a little girl and pulls her into the water at a Canadian port.
The clip shot by a Vancouver resident Michael Fujiwara shows a group of tourists spotting some sea lions at Steveston Harbor near Richmond in British Columbia.
Eventually, a male Californian sea lion swims up to the dock and looks at a girl in white dress.
Unknown of the impending danger, the girl innocently sits down on the railing, with her back to the wild animal. the sea lion took the moment and jumps up and pulled the girl into the muddy water.
The sea lion took the moment, jumps up and pulls the girl into the muddy water.
As the tourists cry out in horror, a man believed to a family member, immediately dives in after the girl and pulls her out to safety.
See the shocking footage below:
The family left the place immediately after the incident. “They were pretty shaken up. Her family was just in shock,” Mr. Fujiwara said.
Meanwhile, the director of UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit Andrew Trites believed that the sea lion probably thought the girl’s dress was a piece of fish. He also blames the incident not on the wild animal, but on the stupidity of the tourists.
Mr. Trites said, “My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect. This was a male California sea lion. They are huge animals. They are not circus performers. They’re not trained to be next to people.”
“You keep your distance. Watch the animals, but let wildlife be wildlife.”