The reign of terror perpetrated by wild animals on unsuspecting Chinese tourists continued over the weekend with a young girl being pulled into the water of a Canadian harbor by a hungry sea lion.
In a viral video shot by Vancouver resident Michael Fujiwara, a group of tourists can be seen admiring some sea lions at Steveston Harbor near Richmond in British Columbia. Some of the tourists can be heard chatting happily in Mandarin, including a young girl in a white dress.
Eventually, a male Californian sea lion swims up to the dock and jumps up to look the girl straight in the eyes.
The girl then sits down on the railing, with her back to the wild animal, and the sea lion decides it’s time to strike, jumping up and yanking her by the butt into the murky water.
As the tourists cry out in horror, one man, believed to a family member, immediately dives in after the girl and hoists her out to safety.
Fujiwara told CBC news that the family left the dock immediately after the incident. “They were pretty shaken up,” he said. “Her family were just in shock.”
Andrew Trites, the director of UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit, told CBC that the sea lion probably thought the girl’s dress was a piece of fish, blaming the incident not on the wild animal, but on the stupidity of tourists.
“My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect,” Trites said. “This was a male California sea lion. They are huge animals. They are not circus performers. They’re not trained to be next to people.”
“You keep your distance. Watch the animals, but let wildlife be wildlife,” he added.
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