Talk about being lost. Really lost.
A badly malnourished baby sea lion who was found wandering the streets - yes, the streets - of Carson was recovering Monday at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro.
"She's OK but she's not eating on her own yet," said David Bard, director of the center.
The female sea lion, who apparently came inland via the Dominguez Channel, wound up roaming a business district on the corner of Avalon Boulevard and Dominguez Street on Feb. 9.
She was nearly hit by a startled motorist late that night.
"Deputies were able to corner the sea lion in front of a business and maintain control of its movement, avoiding injury to the seal or pedestrians and vehicles in the area," Carson sheriff's Lt. Chris Bergner told City News Service. "They used body motions, waving their arms, to keep it off the streets."
Someone from the Marine Animal Rescue in El Segundo came to pick up the young sea lion, estimated to be about 8 months old, and took her to the Marine Mammal Care Center.
Bard said the sea lion should be ready to be released back into the ocean in one to two months.
"When she reaches a safe weight, between 30 and 50 pounds, she should be ready to go out the door," Bard said.
For now, the sea lion is still being hand-fed by volunteers at the center, he said.
A representative of Marine Animal Rescue said this was the eighth rescued sea lion near the Dominguez Channel since the beginning of the year.
"We're getting a lot of pups in (right now) and they all have different stories," Bard said. "Sometimes they end up amazingly far inland. They do walk on all fours like funny-looking dogs. This isn't the first one we've seen this far inland.
"It's out of the ordinary, but not entirely unexpected."
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