Wellington / Dunedin. Dunedin, New Zealand City Council’s love for animals has sparked enthusiasm around the world. The administration of the second largest city on the South Island announced, a few days ago, that it was protecting a sea lion and its baby, born last week, on a coastal road completely closed to vehicle traffic for a month. The reason: The mother and child live on a nearby golf course, but they regularly crawl through the asphalt to reach the beach.
“We closed John Wilson Ocean Drive to traffic for a month,” the city fathers tweeted a few days ago. “You can still come on foot or bike, but keep 20 meters away and keep dogs on leash.”
An unusual program to conserve the sea lion
The extraordinary sea lion protection program sparked enthusiasm online and received many local media outlets. One user commented, “What an incredible and wonderful … New Zealand forever!” Another said, “They are taking care of them in Dunedin.”
Ten more sea lions have been seen in the area, and more are expected to be born there, the New Zealand Herald. New Zealand sea lions are classified as endangered.