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First Long-Nosed Seal Pup in 2 Decades Born at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: January 12, 2021 5:30 pm

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The long-nosed fur seal pup born at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo Sydney

Taronga Zoo Sydney have announced the birth of a long-nosed fur seal pup, their first in over two decades. Mother Keke gave birth to the pup on December 21st 2020.

Keepers at the zoo are still working on deciding a name to suit the pup.

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The long-nosed fur seal pup born at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo Sydney

At birth the pup weighed 3.58kg but has been suckling well on moms milk and has grown up to 4kg over the last few weeks.

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Mother Keke came to Taronga Zoo Sydney after being rescued in 2012. She had been found with injuries from a boat strike in Sydney Harbor. After prolonged treatment at the Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital she was deemed unsuitable for release.

Since then she has become a beloved member of the Taronga Zoo family. She also makes regular appearances in Taronga’s Seals for the Wild presentation which is presented by Red Energy.

fur seal pup taronga zoo

The long-nosed fur seal pup born at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo Sydney

Currently mother and pup are bonding in the purpose built seal pup nursery which is an off-display area. Seal pups are not born knowing how to swim and as such the pair will remain here till Keke has taught her daughter to swim.

While this seal pup is currently off display visitors to Taronga Zoo Sydney can meet Amalie, a 5 month old Australian sea lion pup.

fur seal pup taronga zoo

The long-nosed fur seal pup born at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo Sydney

Learn more about Taronga Zoo Sydney on their website – Taronga Zoo Sydney

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