Taronga Zoo, Sydney: Long-nosed fur seal pup called Birubi makes public debut

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Seal-Iously Cute: Little seal pup named Birubi will make an impression on her public debut as the first born in a Sydney zoo in 20 years – and you can watch her swim at Easter

  • Sydney’s Taronga Zoo gave birth to a long-nosed fur seal for the first time in 20 years
  • Little Birubi was born in December but is now ready for her public debut
  • Animal lovers can watch Birubi take a dip at the zoo during Easter weekend
  • Birubi’s mother was hit by a boat in Sydney Harbor and was rescued

The first long-nosed fur seal born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in more than two decades is ready to go public.

New pup Birubi made her official debut at the Seal Bay show in Taronga this week, three months after she came into the world.

Seals cannot swim when they are first born, so Birubi practices off-display in a purpose-built pupping nursery with an adjustable floor.

Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Wright said she had grown in confidence and weight – from three pounds to 7.5 pounds – and was now ready to join the main pool.

Seals can't swim when they are first born, so Birubi (pictured) practices off display at a purpose-built puppy farm - but now ready to join the main pool

Seals can’t swim when they are first born, so Birubi (pictured) practices off display at a purpose-built puppy farm – but now ready to join the main pool

Birubi's mother Keke was found injured in Sydney Harbor

Birubi's mother Keke was found injured in Sydney Harbor

Keke gave birth to Birubi at Taronga Zoo - the first long-nosed seal born there in 200 years

Keke gave birth to Birubi at Taronga Zoo - the first long-nosed seal born there in 200 years

Birubi’s mother Keke was found injured in Sydney Harbor after being hit by a boat (pictured, the pup playing)

‘She’s such a little stunner. She has so much personality, ”she said.

Birubi was born on December 21 to her first mother Keke, a rescue seal who swam in circles in Sydney Harbor.

“We think she might have been hit by a boat. She came to our Taronga Wildlife Hospital for rehabilitation, ”Mrs. Wright said.

‘She got very used to people, so we couldn’t leave her back in the wild. She’s been here for about nine years now. ‘

Ms Wright said that for the next few days and over the Easter holidays, guests can witness Birubi taking her first swim, but advised people to arrive early.

“The best time to see her is in the morning,” she said.

‘She’s still a little baby, so she needs a little rest in the afternoon. ‘

Birubi is the first long-nosed fur seal born at Sydney's Taronga Zoo in over 20 years

Birubi is the first long-nosed fur seal born at Sydney's Taronga Zoo in over 20 years

She is now ready to join the main pool and show off her swimming skills to visitors

She is now ready to join the main pool and show off her swimming skills to visitors

Three months after she was the first fur seal born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in more than 20 years, Birubi (pictured) has made her official public debut.

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