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Starving sea lion found in San Diego, California, restaurant

AP
Published Feb 5, 2016, 8:39 am IST
Updated Feb 5, 2016, 8:39 am IST
The pup was taken to SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Center.
Kevin Robinson of SeaWorld's Rescue Team cares for an 8-month-old female sea lion pup at the animal theme park in San Diego, after it was found in a booth at the Marine Room. (Photo: AP)
 Kevin Robinson of SeaWorld's Rescue Team cares for an 8-month-old female sea lion pup at the animal theme park in San Diego, after it was found in a booth at the Marine Room. (Photo: AP)

San Diego: A starving sea lion has been rescued after finding its way into the booth of a fancy San Diego restaurant.

Experts at SeaWorld were called on Thursday morning to The Marine Room, an oceanfront restaurant in La Jolla.

 

Rescuers found an 8-month-old female pup asleep in a dining booth. The pup was severely underweight and dehydrated.

The pup was taken to SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Center, and experts are cautiously optimistic about her recovery.

There's been a surge in sea lion mortality over the past year, with marine biologists collecting thousands of sick, starving, stranded or dead pups. So far this year, SeaWorld has rescued 47 sea lions and other marine mammals.

Scientists say the animals' food supply has been affected by higher-than-normal ocean temperatures linked to El Nino.

 

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