Dom's a hit!
Whipsnade Zoo's first sea lion pup in five years has been named after a Radio One newsreader!
Meet Dom, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new baby…..
Dom - Whipsnade Zoo's new baby sealion!
Dom has been kept ‘under wraps’ by his proud keepers at the Zoo, but is now ready to face his public! Mother Salt successfully gave birth on 12th June at 6.40pm, under the watchful eyes of staff on a close circuit TV monitor.
He’s been called Dom after the BBC Radio One breakfast show newsreader Dominic Byrne whose favourite animal at the zoo is the pup’s dad, Berkley.
Dominic Byrne with Barclay the sealion
The crew of the Chris Moyles Show and thier listeners recently took the opportunity to suggest a few names for the baby, and played the “voice” of the new pup on air. Staff at the zoo thought it was a fitting tribute to choose the name Dom, after Dominic, Berkley’s biggest fan.
Proud mother Salt, who is 18, has been carefully nurturing her new pup and according to keepers is being a fantastic mum. The pup is doing well and will enjoy his mother’s rich milk for some time before moving on to fish.
Dom will be introduced gradually to the zoo’s other female sea lion Liz and then dad Berkley and is on show periodically in the indoor pool. By the end of the summer it is hoped he will begin swimming in the arena pool and eventually will take part in the demonstrations.
last updated: 19/07/07
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