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Injuries To Girl In Viral Sea Lion Video Worse Than Expected

by : Francesca Donovan on : 30 May 2017 13:06
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A viral video captured footage of a sea lion dragging a little girl into the water from a dock, where a crowd had gathered to watch the animal swim.

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Millions watched the fateful encounter play out in the video, unaware that the young girl is now receiving medical treatment for a “painful and potentially debilitating” disease contracted from dangerous bacteria in the animal’s mouth.

You can watch the fateful encounter below:

Thanks to the bravery and quick-thinking of the little girl’s grandfather, she was brought back to dry land quickly after being bitten and dragged into the waters of Steveston’s Dock in Richmond, Canada.

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However, The Lau family became concerned for her well-being after watching a TV interview with Vancouver Aquarium, during which experts discussed a disease called ‘seal finger’.

The male Californian sea lion broke the little girl’s skin when the mammal dragged her into the water.

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The aquarium spokeswoman, Deana Lancaster, told ABC News:

The family saw the media reports and got in touch with us. She did get a superficial wound, and she’s going to get the right treatment.

Experts stress the animal shouldn’t be blamed for the incident, and potentially mistook the curious youngster for food.

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Andrew Trites, the director of UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit, said:

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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.

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The little girl’s father made it clear she wasn’t among the members of the public who were feeding the wild animal.

Let’s hope she makes a full recovery.

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Animals

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