As a girl tripped and fell at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., a sea lion took notice, stopping what it was doing to look out for the girl.
Ariel Myren, who filmed the incident, told the International Business Times the story behind the video, which was recorded about 2 p.m. on May 14 in the sea lion habitat on the American Trail at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C.
“The scene was really sweet," she said. "About 10 to 15 people were gathered around watching this little girl with a sea lion stuffed animal run back and forth while the real sea lion followed. She was wearing a Disney dress and the whole thing was super adorable.”
The little girl was running back while the sea lion followed, catching the attention of the few people that were in the habitat at the time.
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When other children saw that she was getting all the attention from the sea lion, “they tried to get the seal's attention” only to have the little girl “run around them and say ‘excuse me’ in a really cute voice,” said Myren.
After the girl fell, Myren said the little girl “ran to her mom and sat in her lap.”
The little girl proved to be OK, and when the girl saw that the sea lion was waiting for her, “she got immediately back up and ran back and forth with him again,” said Myren.
Myren was particularly lucky in catching the event on video, commenting: “[Her sister] told me to stop recording everything and to stay off social media,” offering ice cream if she did so.
She didn’t get the ice cream, but she did capture the unique event on camera.