Sparky died (again)

Sparky the Sea Lion presents "Sparky's Coastal Journey"

My 8 year-old child mourns today… Como Zoo’s Sparky the Sea Lion died this week.

Via MPR:

Sparky V, the oldest sea lion at the Como Zoo in St. Paul and the second oldest sea lion in North America, died on Monday at the age of 31. The average life expectancy of a sea lion is 15-25 years.

The California sea lion was the star of the “Sparky Show” at the Como Zoo from 1981 up until his retirement in 2001. He was the fifth animal to play the role of Sparky.

Above is a photo I took of Sealia, his replacement, last June.

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