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VIRAL VIDEO: Sea lion bops along to music

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

(KGO) -- A California sea lion at the UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Laboratory is breaking new ground by proving humans aren't the only species that can appreciate the sounds of Earth Wind and Fire.

Check out Ronan bopping her head along to "Boogie Wonderland" and the Backstreet Boys. Lab scientists say Ronan is the first non-human mammal convincingly shown to be able to keep a beat. Previously, the skill had only been seen only in parrots and other birds.

Scientists say Ronan's sense of rhythm undercuts theories that beat keeping requires a capacity for complex vocal learning.

Ronan was born in the wild in 2008 and rescued a year later after she was found stranded on a highway.

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