LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Los Angeles police say four people snatched either a seal or sea lion pup from a beach near the city’s international airport early Sunday.
Officer Rosario Herrera says witnesses told responding officers that the group wrapped the animal in a blanket and took off in a car.READ MORE: Update: Firefighters Battle Brushfire Near San Jose Municipal Golf Course
The incident happened around 3:20 a.m. at Dockweiler State Beach.
While one pup was taken, another managed to escape.READ MORE: Three Men Stranded On Rocks At Pescadero State Beach Rescued
The head of a local animal rescue group says that lucky pup is a sea lion, probably 10 months old and weighing about 25 pounds.
Peter Wallerstein, president of Marine Animal Rescue, warns that while sea lions may be cute, they are wild animals with strong bites.MORE NEWS: Panel Selects Archie Willams as New Name for Drake High in Marin County
Meanwhile, the number of sick and stranded sea lions has been spiking up and down California’s coast.