Utah’s Hogle Zoo sea lion Diego throws up toddler’s sock

A young visitor to Utah's Hogle Zoo watches the sea lions Tuesday. Photo Courtesy: Aspen Perry

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Visitors to Utah’s Hogle Zoo are being warned to keep track of their personal items after Diego the sea lion threw up a toddler’s sock.

Hogle Zoo posted on Facebook Tuesday: “Our beautiful male sea lion, Diego, puked up a toddler’s sock Monday morning.¬†Poor Diego was NOT feeling well on Sunday. His keepers said he lost interest in training and even puked up blood.”

The post added: “We are extremely relieved he was able to get the sock out and is back out swimming in Rocky Shores, harassing Maverick.”

The post added that the incident is a reminder that animals can die from eating foreign objects.

“PLEASE keep very careful track of your belongings near animals’ enclosures,” the post said. “Watch those little toddler socks, gloves, flip-flops, phones etc. And please, if you do drop something, please tell someone! Do not feel too embarrassed to let us know. We can retrieve the item if we know about it.”

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