Some of the most precious moments in life are the simple moments. They say that the true beauty of life can be seen through the eyes of a child, or in this case, an animal. When a butterfly found its way into the underground areas of Oregon Zoo, a curious seal couldn’t believe its eyes.
Kaya the harbor seal lives at Oregon Zoo, so her everyday life probably gets a bit mundane. So new friends and experiences must make her day. Seeing her first butterfly was clearly an exciting occasion for Kaya.
The seal keepers at Oregon Zoo shared the video of the moment the seal meets a butterfly for the first time on Twitter. People can’t get over her reaction – it is priceless. Kaya looks just like a child seeing something for the first time as she follows the butterfly around, never taking her eyes off it for a second.
As the butterfly flutters around, Kaya follows it, twisting through the water as it goes back and forth. It almost looks like they are doing a dance ‘of sorts’. 42 seconds in, it even looks like Kaya is waving to her new tiny friend.
We don’t particularly like Kaya spending her days in the water enclosure when she could be swimming free. However, we do love her adorable intrigue as seen in this video. It seems Kaya hasn’t lost her curious and playful spirit as she chases the butterfly in wide-eyed wonder.
Seals are known for their playful, curious natures in the wild, with many approaching humans who wander into their habitat. They have been known to edge close to humans to snoop around in their bags. Also, they often swim up to divers for a good cuddle and a kiss. Their playful nature has earned them the nickname ‘dogs of the sea’.