When four California Sea Lion pups were born in a single month at the Munich Zoo, park officials were ecstatic. The pups were each born to different mothers and include three females, named Mona, Melly, and Momo, and one male, named Max.
What’s even more amazing is that all four pups were sired by Barney, the Munich Zoo’s prolific adult male Sea Lion, who has already sired a record 28 offspring. Barney got a head start on fatherhood because he became sexually mature at age three – two or three years earlier than the average male Sea Lion.
The Sea Lion pups are already perfecting their swimming techniques in the zoo’s Polar World exhibit. Thanks to the rich milk produced by their mothers, the pups will grow dramatically in the first year of life. By the time they are fully grown, the females will weigh over 200 pounds and the males will tip the scales at up to 800 pounds.