Denver Zoo welcomes sea lion pup

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(Photo: Denver Zoo)

(Photo: Denver Zoo)

DENVER — Denver Zoo’s sea lion parents welcomed a new baby into the world this month.

The new pup was born on June 11 to mother, Luci, and father, Nick.

The unnamed pup became part of the Northern Shores exhibit, the Zoo said on Friday.

This was the first sea lion pup born in five years at the Denver Zoo.

Luci and Nick also birthed this new pup’s older sister, named Ady in 2010.

Luci and Nick are long-time residents of the Denver Zoo.  In  2001, Luci came from Sea World.

Nick came from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif. in 2008.

Denver Zoo experts said although pups can see and vocalize at birth, they don’t typically learn to swim for a few weeks.

Sea lion adult males can weigh between 500 and 800 pounds.  Adult females can weigh between 200 and 250 pounds.

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