A sea lion had a rare opportunity to splash around outside its enclosure at New York’s Central Park Zoo on Friday as heavy rain flooded the region.
Sally, one of three sea lions at the Manhattan attraction, was exploring the zoo grounds after rising flood waters allowed her to swim straight out of her pool. The New York Times reported.
When images of the flooded enclosure went viral online, the zoo was issued a statement He assured the public that the sea lions were safe and were not running amok in the city.
“Zoo staff observed the sea lion as it explored the area before returning to the familiar surroundings of the pool and the company of the other two sea lions,” the statement released Friday afternoon said. “The water level has fallen and the animals are kept in their enclosure.”
The statement also noted that even during her brief excursion, Sally “stayed within the zoo and never breached the zoo’s secondary fencing.”
This was announced by the New York police Video that showed the marine mammals in their waterlogged enclosure.
People on social media couldn’t help but cheer on Sally’s adventure and hope that she and the other sea lions had a little fun.
However, swimming in flood waters is not recommended for humans or sea lions because they can be filled with bacteria, human waste, and hazardous household and industrial substances. among other unsavory contaminants.