Menu
Lifestyle

Teiko the sea lion has birthday

Teiko kicks up her flippers as she celebrates her birthday with a peck on the cheek for Brendan Nolan.
Teiko kicks up her flippers as she celebrates her birthday with a peck on the cheek for Brendan Nolan. John Mccutcheon

BIRTHDAY girls like Teiko get to do what they want on their special day.

And for this 14-year-old Australian sea lion if that included making her UnderWater World trainers blush by ignoring her donated presents, then so be it.

Teiko, who can stand on her back flippers and throw a frisby, was presented with several latex free fitness balls from Physio Supplies.

After a few encouraging words, and snacks from UnderWater World curator of mammals Brendan Nolan, Teiko made some cautious interaction with her presents.

Baby of the group, one-eyed New Zealand fur seal pup Nelson was never too far away with several timid attempts to get in on the action.

Luckily for Nelson and Teiko’s other room-mates like extrovert April and patriarch Groucho, the birthday girl is always happy to share her toys, according to Mr Nolan.

“The balls are great for environment enrichment to make life as interesting as possible for the seals,” Mr Nolan said.

The popular and gentle lady of the pool dined on pilchards and a fish birthday cake (a frozen block of ice) before getting into character for several show-stopping performances yesterday.

Topics:  birthday sea lion underwater world



A book with purpose

Author Jas Rawlinson (second from left) with contributors Natalie, Nicole Gibson and Sonia Anderson.

Book launch in Coffs Harbour

Healthy competition for local shots

Joy of Life - winning entry in the open section.

Your Health Link National Photographic Competition

Local Partners

Samsung QLED TV review: Size and quality matters

The advent of new streaming devices, entertainment and gaming consoles and incredible 4K 65 inch TV screens, has put an end to the holiday season drought.

2017’s worst Christmas gifts

You don’t want to find these gifts under your Christmas tree. Source: Alamy stock agency

Aussies will rack up a $29 billion credit card bill

Violet's lifesaving drug will cost more than $125,000 a dose

Violet Rickard, 6, pictured with her mother Anna Rickard, is hoping for access to medication that could help treat the degenerative disease SMA she has been diagnosed with.

Expensive treatment could be the difference between life and death

Kia to make tradie and family play with dual cab ute

An artistic impression of a dual cab Kia ute, based off the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept.

Kia Australia has revealed plans to launch a ute.

Best pubs in Queensland: The hotel that's full of spirits

The Grand Hotel in Childers where a ghost is reputed to live. Pub regular Lee 'Chocco' Williamson was happy to play spook with Virginia Grant, 18 and Caitlin Kolm, 19.

Historic hotel still plays host to our early pioneers.

Now that's a snake...

How big is too big?

There's big... and then there's big

Mackay inventor redesigns salt shaker

SHAKING IT UP: Ron Meng holds his improved salt shaker for which he has been granted an Australian patent.

Salt shaker invention against the grain