In the video “A Sea Lion Goes For a Walk | Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under,” we are introduced to Charlie, an 11-year-old Australian sea lion. What makes Charlie unique is that when the zoo is not open, the zookeepers like to take him out for a walk. As we see in the video, Charlie and his keeper, Michelle, have a close relationship built on trust and understanding. At a whopping 303 kilos, it’s clear that Charlie is the one in charge – if he doesn’t want to do something, no one can make him.
During their walk, we learn that sea lions like Charlie don’t wear harnesses like dogs do, so trust and communication are key. The walk is not only a form of physical exercise, but also provides mental stimulation for Charlie by exposing him to different sights and sounds, such as penguins and his two girlfriends in the underwater viewing area. The walk also allows Charlie to see how the public views him on a daily basis.
We see how Charlie communicates with his girlfriends through clucking noises, showing his recognition of them. This walk not only provides enrichment for Charlie, but also gives us a closer look into the bond between the sea lion and his keeper. The video provides a heartwarming and fascinating glimpse into the world of these incredible creatures and the dedicated people who care for them.
Video “A Sea Lion Goes For a Walk | Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under” was uploaded on 06/27/2021 by Nat Geo WILD Youtube channel.