SANTA CRUZ (CBS) – A sea lion at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory is making headlines for her dancing ability.

Scientists at the lab trained the sea lion – named Ronan – to bob her head in time with rhythmic sounds. They then showed that she could transfer this skill to tempos and music she hadn’t heard before.

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UCSC officials said Ronan is the first non-human mammal convincingly shown to be able to keep the beat.

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They said scientists call it “rhythmic entrainment.” Aside from humans, it was previously seen only in parrots and other birds with a talent for vocal mimicry.

Click here for more information on Ronan from UC Santa Cruz.

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