Rescued sea lion to be euthanized

July 18, 2008 5:52:47 PM PDT
A stranded sea lion scheduled to be set free Saturday at Point Reyes will now instead be euthanized.

The five-year-old female was rescued July 7, miles from the bay, from the San Tomas Aquino Creek Aquaduct in Santa Clara County.

The sea lion was malnourished, but was otherwise doing fine, until Friday when it began suffering seizures.

Vetrinarians at the Sausalito based Marine Mammal Center said the seizures were linked to a previously undiagnosed toxic algae infection.