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A Cornish sanctuary's much-loved sea lion dies

A Cornish sanctuary's much-loved sea lion dies

Published by Emma Carton at 8:27am 30th May 2019.

File photo of a sea lion: Pixabay

A much-loved sea lion who spent five years being cared for at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary has died.

Sunny had to undergo vital dental work to remove a damaged tooth that was causing him pain.

Sadly, the adorable animal did not wake up from the anaesthetic, which carers say is always a risk.

The team posted the news about six-year-old Sunny on Instagram, saying it was with a "heavy heart".

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It is with a heavy heart we announce that Sunny, our six year old California Sea Lion born at Wuppertal Zoo in 2012, passed away earlier this month. Sunny was having vital dental work under general anesthetic to remove a damaged tooth that had been causing him discomfort. Sadly he did not wake up from the anesthetic. The results of the post mortem have shown that Sunny’s cause of death was most likely anesthesia related, which unfortunately is always a risk with any operation or procedure. Sunny was a confident, cheeky and intelligent character with a lovely sense of humour – a fine combination if you want to run rings around your animal care team, and your pool partner Andre! Something Sunny did very well! He was always the first to explore new toys the team made for him and loved to learn new things.The excitement and pride on his face when he learnt to slide on his belly across the haul out, or bounce his buoy in the water during play session was completely infectious! Sunny idolised his big pool partner Andre from the very day he arrived and they were rarely seen far apart. We’re not sure however how much say Andre had in this as Andre would often be seen at bedtime trying to find a little peace and quiet away from his exuberant young pool partner. He would even go to the lengths of sleeping in his transport cage to get some space, only to find Sunny squeezing himself in next to him! . . It has been our absolute pleasure to have cared for Sunny over the last 5 years and see him grow and learn every day. It goes without saying that this little sea lion with a huge personality brought a huge amount of joy, love and laughter to our sanctuary and he will never be forgotten and terribly missed. . . Our animal care team are working with vets and behavioral experts to ensure we now do what is best for Andre’s welfare moving forward. We know you all loved Sunny and we would love to hear your favourite memories and see your photos of Sunny, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

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"Sunny was a confident, cheeky and intelligent character with a lovely sense of humour - a fine combination if you want to run rings around your animal care team, and your pool partner Andre! Something Sunny did very well!

"He was always the first to explore new toys the team made for him and loved to learn new things.

"The excitement and pride on his face when he learnt to slide on his belly across the haul out, or bounce his buoy in the water during play session was completely infectious!

"Sunny idolised his big pool partner Andre from the very day he arrived and they were rarely seen far apart.

"We're not sure however how much say Andre had in this as Andre would often be seen at bedtime trying to find a little peace and quiet away from his exuberant young pool partner.

"He would even go to the lengths of sleeping in his transport cage to get some space, only to find Sunny squeezing himself in next to him! .

"It has been our absolute pleasure to have cared for Sunny over the last 5 years and see him grow and learn every day.

"It goes without saying that this little sea lion with a huge personality brought a huge amount of joy, love and laughter to our sanctuary and he will never be forgotten and terribly missed.

"Our animal care team are working with vets and behavioral experts to ensure we now do what is best for Andre’s welfare moving forward".

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

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