Every month, for a few days, the sea-lions in the Copenhagen Zoological Gardens sit around their pool and mope.
GV. of Sea Lions running on side of empty pool. pan to attendant cleaning pool.
SV. Man cleaning - Sea Lions in Background.
CU. Sea Lion.
SV. Sea Lions at side
LV. Sea Lions running round side of pool.
CU. Sea Lion.
LV. Sea Lions running across pool.
LV. Man spraying water on Sea Lions.
LV. Sea Lions sliding down side of pool., and then climb back to hose.
LV. Four Sea Lions - Sliding down side.
SV. One Sea Lion sliding down side of pool.
LV. Sea Lions - sliding about in pool.
SV. One Sea Lion sliding into pool.
LV. Sea Lions laying in front of hose.
SV. Sea Lions - sliding down side of pool.
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Background: Every month, for a few days, the sea-lions in the Copenhagen Zoological Gardens sit around their pool and mope. Sadly they look at their favourite spot, waiting for the keepers to finish their work and let the sea-lions splash about. The cause of their misery is the monthly draining off of the pool and the cleansing operations. It usually takes the keepers a couple of days to complete this work and until they have they are watched hopefully by an audience of long-faced, miserable sea-lions.
When the first drops of clean water start to flow into the pool the sea-lions dive in, like a thirsty traveller at an oasis. Every trick they know is performed, they jump, dive, turn, roll this way and that, overjoyed at being allowed in again, at long last.