Kaya, a harbor seal at the Oregon Zoo, became transfixed by a butterfly flying near her enclosure — and it is one of the most beautiful moments I have ever seen.
In the video, sweet sea angel Kaya can be seen following the butterfly as it flies by her tank.
Kaya, completely mesmerized by the butterfly presses her nose up against the tank to get a better look. She even waves at the fluttering bug toward the end of the video, and it’s almost too much to handle.
Thank you Kaya and Reese for this wondrous gift.
The video was shot by Micah Reese, a member of staff at the zoo who happened to be nearby when the interaction took place.
Kaya is described as “curious and brave” on her profile on the zoo’s website, and she certainly lived up to her billing on this occasion.
It’s not the first time she has got up close to another species – earlier this year zoo staff took two baby goats to meet Kaya and the other seals.