Open Discussion: Calling all those with memories of Como Zoo’s Sparky!

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MPR’s Melanie Sommer just reported that Sparky V, the fifth sea lion to play the role of Sparky at the Como Zoo, has died. He was 31, and the expected life-span for a sea lion is up to 25 years. Read Melanie Sommer’s article here.

This death, of course, does not end the show, but we’d still like to ask: What are your memories of Sparky? Saturdays in the sun at the zoo with the kids…share anything and everything about him here! We want your memories of this iconic Twin Cities pal.

This is an open discussion, so you’re welcome to link to your related Gather articles or other online resources. Your comments & articles may be quoted on or on


Eliza Hartley
Digital Media Intern
Minnesota Public Radio
American Public Media


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