Believe it or not, animal and human bonds clearly exist. It was shown in a YouTube video, which became famous shortly after it was uploaded.
The video shows Sophie, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s playful sea lion, and a little girl enjoying themselves while playing a game of tag. Sophie is happily swimming back and forth in her enclosure, and she’s going after the little girl’s movements. When the little girl fell on the floor while running, the sea lion stopped and seemed concerned for her playmate. It looked like she is wondering what happened to the girl.
In the video uploaded by a YouTube user named Ariel Myren on May 16, 2013, what the playful Sophie did when the little girl fell down while playing in a zoo in Washington DC was simply adorable. Sophie’s reaction was priceless, and it earned her a lot of praises and commendations as posted on the zoos Facebook page.
The video got thousands of views on YouTube and received positive comments. Watch it below and see for yourselves.
Sophie the sea lion clearly enjoys playing with children, and this made her one of the zoo’s famous attractions. On May 9, 2014, many were saddened when Smithsonian National Zoo announced Sophie’s death.
Sea lions like Sophie are timid but very intelligent mammals who can perform tricks, and some were trained to help scuba divers. They are considered as one of the friendliest animals on earth and are known for their cuteness and playful barking. Despite their friendliness, sea lions are categorized as endangered species; thus, conservation efforts were done to save them.
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/D. Gordon E. Robertson