Remember Silent Knight, the seven-foot sea lion rescued by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito after being blinded by a gunshot to the head?

Well, it’s quite possible that he may be headed to the San Francisco Zoo, taking up residence with another blind sea lion named Henry.

Some zoos and aquariums, including San Francisco, have expressed interest in the pair, says Jim Oswald, communications manager at the Marine Mammal Center.

“Silent Knight would do wonderfully at a zoo or aquarium,” he said. “He’s currently undergoing target training, in which we try to get him to come toward an object, then he gets rewarded with fish. That’s in preparation to send him to a zoo or aquarium. We’re looking for a collaboration.”

Oswald said the San Francisco Zoo is in discussion with its advisory board to see if it can upgrade the exhibit where the sea lions would be housed to accomodate Henry and Silent Knight. He said the center has collaborated with the zoo before, when it transferred wounded elephant seals to recuperate there before they were released back into the wild.

Gwendolyn Torantore, a zoo spokesperson, said a joint zoo committee will discuss the possible transfer tomorrow night.

“It would be a great option for Silent Knight,” she said.

Here’s are two videos of Silent Knight from the Marine Mammal Center:

And here are some really nice sketches that artist Tammy Stellanova made for the Bay Citizen last month.

Blinded Sea Lion Silent Knight May Be Headed to SF Zoo 23 February,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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