sea lion chinese calligraphy

Photo credit Telegraph uk

As part of their Lunar new year celebration, 14 year old male sea lion “Leo” is training in Chinese calligraphy.  Above he’s painting the “酉” in “酉雞”(酉鸡), which represents  “Rooster” in the Chinese zodiac. Leo can be seen at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, Japan.  Lunar new year is Jan 28, 2017.

“酉” is not a very common character in everyday Chinese, but it comes from a time classification created by the Yellow Emperor thousands of years ago called the Heavenly Stems & Earthly Branches.

If a sea lion can paint calligraphy, so can you!