EAST PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – A sea lion found stuck in mud in an East Palo Alto creek was rescued Thursday night with the help of volunteers and a local towing company, a Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman said Friday.

The animal, which has been named Verbena after Verbena Drive in the area it was located, was brought in to the center around 9:30 p.m., said center spokeswoman Cheryl Reiss.

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The sea lion was lethargic and underweight, but has not yet been examined by center veterinarians to determine what is wrong with it, Reiss said.

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Marine Mammal Center volunteers described the rescue as “challenging” and “difficult,” Reiss said, and a local towing company, A&J Towing, was called in to assist in pulling the animal from the mud.

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