The world is a wonderful place, as evidenced by this adorable footage.

At the St. Louis Zoo, this toddler immediately took an interest in the sea life exhibit. I mean, how often do you get to see animals like sea lions up close? He marched right over to the glass with his tiny bucket hat in hand. When he waved that hat at the curious critter, the cutest thing happened.

It looks like we have a little animal trainer in the making!

He’s a natural. I wonder why the sea lion wanted his hat so badly. Now that I’m picturing a sea lion in a hat, it all makes sense.