One common sentiment has emerged in the wake of a startling video that shows a sea lion dragging a young girl into a harbor: Glad the kid's OK, but don't blame the sea lion.
Instead, animal behaviorists who have watched what happened at a wharf in British Columbia say the girl's family put her at risk with their "reckless" actions, reports the CBC. "You wouldn't go up to a grizzly bear in the bush and hand him a ham sandwich, so you shouldn't be handing a thousand-pound wild mammal in the water slices of bread," says Robert Kiesman of the Steveston Harbour Authority.
He notes that just moments before grabbing the girl, the sea lion had popped up out of the water looking agitated, and yet nobody stopped the girl from sitting on the edge of the dock. "Totally reckless," says Kiesman.