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Hudson the muskox always checking out what his care team is up to. 🥰

📹: Keeper Russell
Incoming meatballs! Sumatran tiger Sanjiv practices catching meatballs from keeper Callie. 

#SpringTraining #Caturday #PointDefianceZoo #Zoo #Tiger #SumatranTiger #Enrichment
Albert the lemur REALLY loves the sunshine! ☀️ 

📸: Keeper Christy
Clouded leopard Jao Ying explores her outdoor Cats of the Canopy habitat and hunts for steak. Keepers have been working with the 15-year-old endangered clouded leopard to give her options. Jao Ying can choose whether to be in her private bedroom, indoor den, or main outdoor habitat. Keepers say today’s outdoor exploration is a big act of bravery for the elusive cat and are so happy with how well Jao Ying is doing. 😻

Jao Ying had her left eye removed after a tumor was discovered last year. She has adjusted beautifully and continues moving around, climbing, and exploring her habitats.

📹: Keeper Piper
Happy International Day of the Seal! 🦭 Go behind the scenes with us as keepers care for harbor seals Qilak and Saya.

📷: Keeper Kelsie
Seal-ebrate Seal Day and go behind the scenes with us as Saya’s amazing animal care team feeds and trains the 9-year-old harbor seal. The 125-pound adorable seal, and her 18-year-old mom Qilak, are fed fresh, sustainable seafood several times a day. It’s hard to resist those beautiful big eyes. But harbor seals have special eyes for a reason – their flattened corneas help them absorb more light, making it easier to see underwater. 🦭

📹: GoPro, Rocky Shores Keepers