Seal pup rescued after flapping across San Rafael roadway, avoiding being hit by cars

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
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"Ivy" the Northern fur seal pup was rescued by Marine Mammal Center after spotted on San Rafael roadway over the weekend.

SAN RAFAEL; Calif. -- A Northern fur seal pup was rescued from a San Rafael roadway over the weekend.

The seal pup, dubbed "Ivy," was first spotted in the area of East Francisco Boulevard and Grange way and was reported as an otter.

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According to the San Rafael Police Department, the seal pup flapped its way across the roadway and narrowly missed being hit by oncoming cars.

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito took in Ivy for examination and will care for her until she is ready to return to the ocean.

It is still unknown how the seal pup made its way to the roadway in San Rafael.

Northern fur seals spend a majority of their time in the ocean

Typically, they are found hundred of miles off the coast.

According to the Marine Mammal Center, the seals come to the shore to breed or if they are ill.

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Northern fur seals are an endangered species and are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The northern fur seal population is on the decline and the global population is estimated 1.1 million, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

ABC7 News contributed to this report.