SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A sea lion pup that San Francisco police officers kept company at Ocean Beach earlier this week has been diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and malnutrition, Marine Mammal Center officials said.
Officers had responded at 1:06 a.m. Monday to a report of the small sea lion in distress and found it cold and tired near a stairwell to the beach just south of the Cliff House restaurant, according to center officials.READ MORE: Newsom: California To End Mask Mandate On June 15
Officers monitored the animal to make sure it didn’t cross into traffic on the Great Highway. It lingered in the area for hours until a Marine Mammal Center trained responder was dispatched around 9 a.m.
The sea lion pup was named “George Bison” because George is the call sign for officers assigned to the nearby Richmond Station and the station’s softball team has a bison for a mascot, police said.READ MORE: Suspects Arrested For Bloody Vandalism Of Derek Chauvin Defense Witness' Former Santa Rosa Home
Marine Mammal Center crews took the animal, which was determined to be a male California sea lion pup with a mild case of pneumonia, a small abscess on its right front flipper and which was suffering from malnutrition.
The animal is currently recovering at the center’s hospital in Marin County.MORE NEWS: Asian American Attacks: Parolee Arrested After Beating, Robbing Elderly Asian Woman Near San Francisco's Japantown
Members of the public are encouraged to report any sick or injured marine mammals to the center by calling (415) 289-7325.