(WMC-TV) – The Memphis Zoo is welcoming a very special addition to the Northwest Passage family.
A California sea lion pup was born about one month ago and she is now making her media debut.
The baby girl is named Teva. Right now, she is being taken care of by zoo employees. She is not quite ready to be part of the exhibit yet but it shouldn't be too much longer before she can strut her stuff for the public.
Teva will be the fifth sea lion to join the Northwest Passage exhibit. The others include her parents, Andre and Callie, as well as two others, Skimmer and Chloe.
Teva's birth is very special to the zoo. She is the first sea lion to be successfully born at the zoo. Two others were born to Callie and Andre in previous years, but they died.
"She's had to learn how to take a bottle," said Director of Animal Programs Matt Thompson. "She's drinking a fish-based formula that's a combination of vitamins, oils and fish."
You can see the sea lions perform at the Memphis Zoo all summer long at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.