No joke: Mum uses son as human shield from water splashed by sea lion

PHOTO: TikTok/Boldlou

A day out at the zoo is never complete without catching an animal show.

While the creatures tend to take centre stage, this performance had a different main character. 

At a recent Splash Safari Show, a woman sitting in the first row wanted to keep dry so she held her son in front of her and used him as a 'shield' when sea lions splashed water on them.

Her efforts were in vain as both mother and child were drenched. 

The incident was recorded by a fellow audience member who posted the video on TikTok last Sunday (Jan 16).

https://www.tiktok.com/@boldlou/video/7053752163633286401?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id6944924152827184641

While the sea lion's trick was meant to entertain the audience, many were more intrigued by the pair's reaction.

It appeared that they weren't aware that the audience would get a big, wet goodbye wave from a sea lion in the show. 

Netizens who watched the clip cracked jokes about what they saw.

Some likened the boy to a "pricey umbrella" while others pointed out how the pair was grabbing everyone's attention.

Screengrabs from TikTok/Boldlou
Screengrabs from TikTok/Boldlou

In July 2019, a Singapore Zoo visitor also got up-close and personal with wildlife.

She was on a stage holding a snake when a python greeted her from behind. Upon seeing the large reptile, the woman fell to the ground before she got up and ran off.

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