A barking success

Thirteen-year-old sea lion Chen can afford to look a bit proud, after writing the Chinese character for the Earthly Branch symbol associated with the Year of the Dog during a press preview at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Japan yesterday. Accor
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Thirteen-year-old sea lion Chen can afford to look a bit proud, after writing the Chinese character for the Earthly Branch symbol associated with the Year of the Dog during a press preview at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Japan yesterday. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. The sea lion will be performing twice a day from Jan 1 until Jan 31.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2017, with the headline 'A barking success'. Print Edition | Subscribe