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Zoo Attack: Sea Lion Leaves Boy With 'Hole' In Belly

SYDNEY — An 11-year-old boy was recovering Saturday after a sea lion mauled him at a popular Sydney zoo's aquarium show as horrified visitors looked on.

The boy, identified by his stepmother as Jack Lister, had been invited by zookeepers to meet the 8-year-old female sea lion during the Taronga Zoo's seal and sea lion show on Friday. After feeding the animal, Jack mistakenly followed it off the stage, which spooked it, zoo officials said.

The sea lion bit the boy and left several puncture wounds on his stomach. Jack had abdominal surgery Friday night and was in stable condition at a hospital.

Jack's stepmother, Dalitta Wright, told Sydney's Daily Telegraph in a story published Saturday that the attack was sudden.

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