PHOTOS: Sea lion pup recovers at Marine Mammal Center after rescue on Hwy 1 near Moss Landing

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

SAUSALITO, Calif. (KGO) -- A young sea lion that was rescued from along Highway 1 near Moss Landing is recuperating in a new habitat.

The sea lion is now being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

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On Wednesday morning, the 1-year-old male pup underwent a medical exam by the veterinarians at the center.

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Staff members say the pup is extremely malnourished and that it may have been days or weeks since he last ate.

"Sometimes when these animals come in that way, they're using the last bit of energy to try to make it," said Cara Field, D.V.M., with the Marine Mammal Center. "But fortunately, we can see many of them turn around just with good nutrition."

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The pup will also be given a dose of antibiotics to treat abscesses.

The sea lion was found Monday morning, wandering Highway 1.

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