Some tourists in British Columbia got a bit of a scare when a sea lion grabbed a little girl and dragged her into the water. Michael Fujiwara was sitting on a dock at the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia on Saturday, when the California sea lion popped its head out of the water. Fujiwara grabbed his phone and started shooting video. He says the animal attracted a lot of attention and the girl and her family came to the edge of the dock. “Her family started feeding the animal and the sea lion started to become comfortable,” Fujiwara said. In the video, you can hear people laughing and whistling at sea lion and holding their hands over the water, as if they were holding a treat. At one point, the sea lion lunges within inches of the little girl’s face. It seems like a friendly move, and the girl cackles with delight. That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again — grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water. A man, who Fujiwara thinks was a relative, jumps in after her and bystanders pull them to safety. Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Hoabour Authority, told CNN that the girl and her rescuer were not hurt, and that he is trying to get more information about the incident. He says the harbor is on the sea lions’ migratory route and that males sometimes swim into the area looking for free food. Baziuk says that they’ve been warning visitors not to feed the animals for years. “It’s not Sea World, it’s a place where you buy fish,” Baziuk said. “If you feed the animals like this you’re asking for trouble.
Jeffrey Laney is a 6-year old from St. Louis. His recent video calling for an end to violence has gone viral. He is both adorable and very serious about his message. “Just act good.” Take a listen to what Jeffrey had to say: http://bit.ly/2rJpy7x
On Friday, May 19th, the board of the National NAACP voted to remove President Cornell Brooks in a shake up of leadership, calling it a “system-wide refresh.” Brooks served as president of the organization for three years. During that time he was an outspoken critic of candidate and President Donald Trump. Read more on the decision: http://cnn.it/2q9Pt7k
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