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The six-year-old girl attacked by a sea lion is on antibiotics to avoid bacterial disease

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UPDATE May 26, 4:50 p.m. EST:

The six-year-old girl who was pulled in the harbor by a sea lion is on antibiotics to avoid contracting a bacterial disease from the sea lion's mouth, CNN reported. The daughter's father said that she had a superficial wound on her lower body from when the sea lion grabbed her earlier this week.

"The family saw media reports in which our marine mammal trainer recommended they call us, and they did get in touch," Deana Lancaster, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Aquarium, told CNN. "There was no information provided or given that she has an infection."

Seal finger is an infection by a bacteria called mysoplasma, which can travel throughout the body and ultimately cause arthritis.

"[Mycoplasmal infection] has led to amputations in the past, but you wouldn't get amputated anymore," Haulena told CNN. "It's really treatable, you just need to know the right antibiotics. Unless doctors know to look for it, it would be very difficult to find."


ORIGINAL STORY: A college student captured video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock in Richmond, British Columbia, and pulling her into the water. 

University student Michael Fujiwara told CBC News the incident happened Saturday when a family began feeding the animal bread crumbs. 


Fujiwara said the sea lion initially jumped up toward the girl as bystanders laughed. 

WATCH  | Startling video shows a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and pulling her into the water 

After the little girl sat down on the edge of the pier, the sea lion came back, this time grabbing the girl by her dress and pulling her into the water. 

Fujiwara's video shows a man jumping into the water to rescue the girl. It is unclear whether the man was a relative or not. 


Fujiwara told CBC News that it appeared no one was injured during the incident. In his video, the little girl and the man who pulled her from the water are seen walking away from the pier. 

Andrew Trites, the director of the University of British Columbia's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said the sea lion cannot be blamed for its behavior. 

"My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect," he told CBC News. "This was a male California sea lion. They are huge animals. They are not circus performers. They're not trained to be next to people."

Trites said the sea lion in the video looks as though it is used to having people feed it. He added that the sea lion seems to mistake the little girl's dress for food. 

Trites added that he hopes the video will deter people from feeding wild animals. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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