Hahaaaaaa! This sea lion is actually nodding its head to the music playing…and it’s doing it in rhythm too. First it grooves to Earth, Wind and Fire’s Boogie Wonderland. Then it moves on to Backstreet Boy’s Everybody.
The sea lion’s called Ronan, is three years old and was trained over months to bop to music. She’s apparently “the first non-human mammal to be able to keep the beat”. As shown in the video, it looks like she was first trained on non-musical repetitive sound before being graduated to actual music.
She can obviously manage different tempos as the first song she bops to is faster than the second.
The newscaster jokes that listening to the Backstreet Boys might be deemed as animal cruelty! Were they really that bad in their heyday?
It’ll be interesting to see what else Ronan can pull off musically!