The California wildlife officials rescued an emaciated sea lion pup from a San Francisco highway side and provided medical assistance to bring it back to health on Thursday.
The wildlife officials have found the pup on Wednesday beside a busy highway in San Francisco which is over 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the ocean.
According to the reports, two motorists had first spotted the sea lion baby while it was apparently pulling itself uphill via dense bushes across the Skyline Boulevard nearby Fort Funston National Park.
National park ranger Matt Wallat, who was driving by the two motorists, joined them at the spot to rescue the young sea lion- named Percevero.
According to the officials, it is still unclear why the pup strayed so far from the water and reached the highway.
Releasing a statement, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) said that the cub weighed only 28 pounds. Usually a cub weights 40 pounds. This signals that the rescued pup was underweight, according to GGNRA. The pup was taken to Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito for medical assistance.
The sea lion pup’s photo was posted by GGNRA on its Instagram account.
“Thanks to the help of two good Samaritans and park ranger Wallat, this sea lion pup … was protected from harm,” the GGNRA said in a statement.
The Marine Mammal Center has rescued over 18,000 marine mammals since it opened in 1975 and helped them in their proper rehabilitation. These mammals included sea lions, whales, elephant seals, dolphins, sea otters and porpoises.