Girl's Dad: Don't Blame Us for Sea Lion Snatch

By Arden Dier, Newser Staff

May 24, 2017

Experts have been placing blame on family members of a 6-year-old girl after a sea lion pulled her into a British Columbia harbor by her dress. But her father says the family is essentially blameless. 

The man, identified only by his last name, Lau, tells CBC News that his daughter and her grandparents, residents of Vancouver, weren't feeding bread crumbs to sea lions in Richmond on Saturday as a student who recorded the incident previously suggested. 

Rather, "there was somebody beside them that was trying to feed them," says Lau, who was "disturbed" by the reaction to the viral video. He says his daughter simply "went to the front to try to see the sea lions, to get a closer look," and ended up a bit too close. "She has taken that lesson in a hard way," he says.

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