NIAGARA FALLS, ON, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - We are all saddened to report
the death of our old friend, Baker the sea lion on Monday, June 10,
2013. He died of natural causes. Today we are also celebrating his
amazing life. You see, Baker may have been the world's oldest sea lion.
He turned 29 in early May. In the wild sea lions live to about 10 -
in Aquariums usually no more than 15. Baker almost doubled that number
and that can be attributed to the wonderful care he has received
through his many years at Marineland.
Let's stop and think about that for a moment. He lived twice the average
lifespan. If a human did that he or she would have been a teenager when
Canada became a nation - would have witnessed the first automobiles -
been astonished at flight and journeys to the moon - not to mention the
creation of the internet.
During his 29 years Baker would have his own astonishing stories. How
many hundreds of thousands of children came to see him through the
years? How many trainers has he played with? How many truckloads of
his favourite fish did he consume?
Baker spent his final years in Marineland's retirement home for our
marine mammals surrounded by old friends and constant medical attention
when he needed it. For the last few years he enjoyed swimming and
basking in the light and no doubt dreaming about his million memories.
He deserved it.
So long old friend. It's not going to be the same without you.
Image with caption: "Baker basking in the limelight. (CNW Group/Marineland)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130611_C7132_PHOTO_EN_27859.jpg
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Ann Marie Rondinelli