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Bondi, the New Zealand Fur Seal

A young New Zealand Fur Seal attacked by a shark in July has survived against the odds to find a new home at Taronga Zoo.

Named ‘Bondi’ after the famous beach where he was rescued by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Taronga Zoo vets and keepers, the youngster was brought to Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital with extensive wounds covering nearly two thirds of his body.

Bondi spent several weeks in the Wildlife Intensive Care Unit, receiving treatment for his wounds and recovering from malnourishment with a tasty diet of pilchards.

Due to his shark injuries and long rehabilitation, Bondi was unable to be released back into the open ocean but luckily found a home at Taronga's Great Southern Oceans where he’s been busy making new friends.

“He’s very relaxed and easy-going and has been socialising well with the other seals at Great Southern Oceans,” said Keeper, Elly Neumann.

“He’s the smallest seal here, but he has the biggest attitude.”

Visitors to Taronga Zoo will be able to see Bondi, who is thought to be nearly two years old, in the waters at Seal Cove from next week.

He’ll spend the next couple of years growing up there with the other young seals, before graduating to take his place alongside the stars of Taronga Zoo’s Seal Show.


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