Sea lion adjusts to temporary home

July 8, 2008 3:52:54 PM PDT
The wayward sea lion rescued from a Santa Clara aqueduct on Monday is adjusting to her temporary home at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County today, according to a center spokesman.

"She's doing fine," center spokesman Jim Oswald said.

The sea lion was rescued from an aqueduct near the intersection of San Tomas Expressway and Scott Boulevard on Monday afternoon after being unable to find her way out of the aqueduct for more than a week.

Center veterinarians are scheduled to examine the sea lion later today to determine her general state of health and how soon she can be released back into the wild.

"If she's healthy and strong and eating gregariously, she could be released soon," Oswald said.

Space is at a premium at the Marine Mammal Center during this time of year, so officials there try to release animals back into the wild as quickly as the animals are able.

"We have over 40 patients at our site currently," Oswald said.


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