During a recent visit to the National Zoo my 7-year old found an unexpected friend in the Sea Lion exhibit. We were there early, before the crowds arrived, and the beautiful creature decided it was time to play. It was an incredible experience, or as my son put it, “THE BEST THING OF MY LIFE!!!”
UPDATE May 9, 2014: Sophie the sea lion was unexpectedly found dead this morning. She was only two years old. This is a terrible loss, and my thoughts are with the entire Smithsonian family. She was a beautiful, playful animal who brought great joy to those who visited her. My family is absolutely devastated. I am so glad we got to see and play with her one last time just two weeks ago. Thank you for being our friend, Sophie. We will miss you so much!