A little girl in Vancouver is lucky to be alive after a sea lion jumped out of the water and pulled her in.
The video was recorded on Saturday and shows a giant sea lion leaping out of the water and tugging the young girl into the cold ocean water.
College student Michael Fujiwara recorded the shocking incident, which took place at the Steveston Fisherman Wharf in Richmond, B.C.
“The sea lion actually attracted a lot of attention from the visitors there, including the young girl,” he told the Vancouver Sun. “She and her family, I guess, they came, they started feeding the animal bread crumbs or whatever it was, and then I guess the animal got a little too comfortable.”
Lucky for the girl, a bystander jumped in immediately after it happened and saved the girl’s life.
Andrew Tries, the director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia warned that the sea lion shouldn’t be faulted for the way it acted.
“My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect,” he told the CBC. “This was a male California sea lion. They are huge animals. They are not circus performers. They’re not trained to be next to people.”
Thank God the little girl is safe. The man who jumped in without a second thought deserves a medal for his bravery.
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