updated 05/30/2014 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/30/2014 AT 10:40 AM ET
This sea lion wasn’t afraid to show off his sensitive side during a play session with a zoo visitor. In the video, the marine mammal and a pint-sized princess are locked in a rousing game of tag. The pair cascade through the exhibit, chasing after each other. Land and sea are brought together in happy unity through this simple game, until the girl suddenly gets tripped up in the excitement.
Instead of swimming on to find a new partner, our flippered friend sticks around to make sure his little comrade is okay. The Buddy System: Not just for humans anymore.