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Utah’s Hogle Zoo issues warning after sea lion ‘puked up’ toddler’s sock

Posted at 1:35 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 21:04:39-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Hogle Zoo sent out a warning on Facebook Tuesday after a sea lion named Diego puked up a toddler’s sock Monday morning.

“Poor Diego was NOT feeling well on Sunday,” the zoo said. “His keepers said he lost interest in training and even puked up blood.”

Diego was eventually able to vomit up the sock. The zoo said that after the sock was out of his stomach, he was back out and swimming in the Rocky Shores enclosure, “harassing” another sea lion named Maverick.

“Friends, animals can die from eating foreign objects,” the zoo stated. “PLEASE keep very careful track of your belongings near animals enclosures.”

The zoo urged the public to watch for toddler’s socks, gloves, flip-flops and phones. If anyone dropped anything, they were asked to let a zoo employee know.

“Do not feel too embarrassed to let us know,” the zoo said. “We can retrieve the item if we know about it.”