Sea lions' eyes hurt by Whipsnade Zoo water

Dom the sea lion at Whipsnade Zoo Dom the sea lion was one of the five affected by the new water filtration system

Related Stories

Sea lions at a zoo in Bedfordshire suffered eye problems after a new water filtration system was installed.

Whipsnade Zoo's five Californian sea lions had been temporarily housed at London Zoo while their pool was refurbished.

But when they returned the increased chlorine levels hurt their eyes, an inspection report from March 2012 has revealed.

Whipsnade Zoo said the problem was "quickly rectified".

A report on the zoo, obtained by a Freedom of Information request by the Independent on Sunday, said a sea lion called Salt had shown an "adverse reaction" due to the increased chlorine levels.

The inspector said the sea lions had returned from London Zoo before the filtration system could be "run fully".

A zoo spokesperson said: "Everything is absolutely fine with our sea lion pool and their eyesight now."

Keepers at the zoo near Dunstable spotted the problem and improvements were made to the filtration system, the spokesperson said.

Since then, the sea lions have been checked on a weekly basis.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Beds, Herts & Bucks

Weather

Luton

Min. Night 13 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cerro RicoSatanic mines

    Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain


  • Nefertiti MenoeWar of words

    The woman who sparked a row over 'speaking white'


  • Oil pumpPump change

    What would ending the US oil export ban do to petrol prices?


  • Brazilian Scene, Ceara, in 1893Sir Snapshot

    19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • SailingGame on

    BBC Capital discovers why certain sports seem to have a special appeal for those with deep pockets

Programmes

  • Prof Piot, the first person to indentify Ebola virusHARDtalk Watch

    Ebola expert warns travellers could spread the disease further if it is not contained

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.