Rock your body: Sea lion jams out on camera

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  • Sea lion is the first non-human mammal able to bob her head to music's rhythm
  • She was trained using a metronome
Rock your body: Sea lion jams out on camera

It's official: Animals doing cute things will never, ever get old. In fact, we're pretty sure that when you watch Ronan the sea lion get her jam on to the Backstreet Boys, you will feel so much better about everything in the world that you may even dance yourself. Don't worry -- we won't tell anyone.

Cute factor aside, Ronan is doing something of great interest to the world of science. According to the Pinniped Cognition & Sensory Systems Laboratory at the University of California in Santa Cruz, where the sea lion was taught her tricks, this is the first time a non-human mammal has shown the ability to keep the beat. She is part of a study done by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Researchers taught Ronan how to find the beat by using a metronome initially and reinforcing the head-bobbing behavior with food as a reward. But her trainers say that it wasn't long before she had detected the rhythm in music.

And what songs does this clever seal enjoy? According to Pinniped, she seems to love Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland" and "Everybody" by the Backstreet Boys. We can't help but wonder how she might like "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough."

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