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TRAINER DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SEALION INCIDENT AT PACIFIC PIER

2009-01-01

(Hong Kong – 1 January 2009) Ocean Park reported that during a scheduled “Trainer’s Talk and Feeding Demonstration” at Pacific Pier today, a sealion trainer received two superficial scratch wounds on his left forearm from Jumanji, an eight-year old female sealion bred by Ocean Park, whilst he was demonstrating marine mammal traits.

The isolated incident occurred on an enclosed island in the pool at Pacific Pier.

Staff at Pacific Pier immediately provided assistance to the trainer concerned and first aid was administered. The trainer was subsequently sent to the hospital for medical care, and has already been discharged from hospital. Ocean Park expressed regards to the trainer concerned.

In accordance with set procedures, Ocean Park notified the Police, and the Agriculture and Fisheries Conservation Department. Meanwhile, the sealion will be isolated for one week, and will be subject to further observation. Ocean Park expresses concern over the isolated incident, and will investigate and evaluate the matter.

These Trainer Talks are held daily at Pacific Pier. During these educational narrations, trainers share with guests facts and knowledge about the sealions. This programme has been running daily since it was introduced in 1999.

The trainer concerned has been working at Ocean Park since 1999. He is now an Assistant Marine Mammal Supervisor.

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