A sea lion pup who wandered deep into the streets of San Francisco early on Thursday morning has been picked up and placed at a marine mammal rescue center.
The male sea lion pup was spotted by a tourist first, lying under an SUV in San Francisco’s Marina District around 6:30 am on Thursday.
Rescue crews were promptly called in, but it took them close to half an hour to finally capture the pup, with aerial footage showing one rescue worker managing to get it into a net. (Scroll down for a video of the rescue.)
1. A sea lion pup is rescued from a San Francisco sidewalk.
Shawn Johnson with the Marine Mammal Center said:
Luckily the San Francisco Police Department had stopped traffic around him and was protecting him until we got there.
Once the pup was captured, the Marine Mammal Center workers realized that they had dealt with this very seal once before. Johnson said:
He was rescued in Santa Barbara County in February and brought up here for rehabilitation. He was here at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito for nearly two months.
2. The male sea lion pup was spotted by a tourist first, lying under an SUV in San Francisco’s Marina District around 6:30 am on Thursday.
The person who found the pup the first time named him, somewhat uncharitably, “Rubbish”, Johnson explained, and since then he’s lost close to 20 pounds.
Johnson added that sea lions such as Rubbish have become a growing problem, as crews from his center have rescued more of them in the first four months of this year than they did in all of 2014. He said:
The elevated ocean temperatures have caused all the fish to migrate farther away from them.
Johnson hopes that after his latest stay at the center, Rubbish will finally manage to lead successful life in the wild. He said:
It is pretty heart-wrenching to know that you put all this effort into rehabilitating them and giving them a chance out in the wild.
3. A sea lion is rescued from a San Francisco street.
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