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Sea lion snatches little girl and drags her into water

May 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A sea lion leapt from a harbour and dragged a young girl into the water in front of horrified tourists over the weekend – but as a video shows, nobody was harmed, not even the sea lion.

Extraordinary footage of the event at a Vancouver area wharf has been posted to YouTube by Vancouver’s Michael Fujiwara. The two-minute build-up is worth watching, with happy tourists commenting on the cute sea lion – before its dramatic lunge.

The area by  Richmond’s Steveston Fisherman Wharf near Vancouver in Canada is renowned for fish, the Vancouver Sun reported, and the sea lion may have been disappointed when it couldn’t find any.

Then – surprise!  The mammal startles onlookers by leaping up, biting down on a young girl’s dress and dragging her backwards into the water.

What was meant to be tranquil footage of a sea lion swimming in circles has rapidly notched up over 22 million views, and you can see why.

A family member, possibly the girl’s father, leaps immediately into the sea and rescues the girl, who is drenched but unharmed.

The sea lion, which has impressive whiskers, then departs in search of fish.

Written by Peter Needham

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