MARIN (CBS SF) — A rehabilitated California sea lion was given a Christmas Eve send-off when he was released back to the ocean Monday in Marin County, a Marine Mammal Center spokesman said.
“Keekee” the sea lion was rescued from the Monterey Bay near Cannery Row on Nov. 5 when he was found to be lethargic, malnourished and suffering from apparent bite marks on his neck, center officials said.READ MORE: San Jose Stoners Find Ways To Celebrate 4/20, Pandemic-Style
The sickly sea lion was brought to the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands where veterinarians examined him and discovered he had intestinal flukes and a low red blood cell count.
After many weeks of treatment, Keekee got healthier and was eating more—nearly 6 pounds of herring daily—before his release at Rodeo Beach near the mammal center on Christmas Eve morning, center spokesman Jim Oswald said.READ MORE: Hope, Skepticism: Oaklanders Share Of Feelings About Guilty Verdict In George Floyd Murder Trial
He was released from him his carrier and waddled into the surf, barking with apparent excitement with a small crowd watching his return to the sea.
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