FAIRFIELD — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo has a new sea lion pup with the birth of Pebbles.
Pebbles was born last week. Six Flags officials believe her sire is Sgt. Nevis, a sea lion shot in the face by a fisherman in the Sacramento River in 2009 and left for dead.
“We were unsure if he was capable of breeding, since the injury likely affected his sense of smell, which allows males to recognize females in estrus,” said Michael Muraco, Six Flags animal care director, in a press release. “There was a window of time when he was the only male in the exhibit, so we’re 98 percent he is the sire, but we’ll have a DNA test done nevertheless.”
Sgt. Nevis got rescued by The Marine Mammal Center’s water rescue squad after being shot. After undergoing rehabilitation, he came to Six Flags in 2010 because he cannot survive in the wild, the press release said.
Pebbles is the third offspring of 18-year-old Alani, who makes certain the other sea lions and seals at Seal Cove stay at a distance, the press release said. Six Flags guests can view the mother and pup lying next to each other on the exhibit’s beach.
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