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    Sea lion takes a booth at San Diego restaurant on the beach

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    © Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld via AP In a photo provided by SeaWorld, an 8-month-old sea lion pup is found sleeping in a booth of the Marine Room, San Diego.


    A skinny sea lion pup with a taste for the finer things in life turned up on Thursday inside a fancy San Diego restaurant, where it settled down into a booth.

    The malnourished mammal appears to have arrived at The Marine Room after sauntering down a ramp from the beach and going through a door left open by a cleaning crew, said Chef Bernard Guillas.

    The early morning guest quickly made an impression on the establishment's staff, as the female pup climbed into a booth "almost like she wanted to have dinner," the chef said.

    The menu at the white table-cloth restaurant, which juts out into the Pacific Coast and is buffeted by waves during high tide, includes rarified dishes like "ginger kalbi lacquered tofu" and "ahi tuna and foie rossini."

    But the pup was hardly given a chance to get comfortable. A rescue team from the SeaWorld San Diego theme park was called in to pull the barking mammal from the booth and place it in a net. The mammal was then taken to SeaWorld for care, said David Koontz, a spokesman for the tourist center.

    The lethargic pup is eight months old and weighs only 20 pounds (9 kg), less than half the normal size for its age, Koontz said. But SeaWorld staff is "guardedly optimistic" they can nurse it back to health and return the animal to the wild, he said.


    (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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    This is happening a lot in San Diego. It just happened at a store. Sea lion climbed a tremendous amount of stairs and was flopping around a shop. Poor things. It's been a rough couple of years for them. I love these guys. Big sea dogs.

    This is when Sea World does good. They've been helping with tons of rescues along the southern California coast.
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    Big STINKY sea dogs. I never understood all the complaints until I went to see them at Fisherman's Wharf. They were cute as hell but they smell awful!
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    They do stink, but most of the people that complain about them in SoCal complain because they are fish stealers and like to hijack boats when they're docked.

    I love watching them at Fisherman's Wharf. They always put on a show.

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    Bless it's little (apparently stinky) heart. At least it had sense enough to choose a seafood restaurant and get a good booth.
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    More pics and an update:



    Rescued sea lion pup 'pretty content right now'


    By Debbi Baker | 1:49 p.m. Feb. 5, 2016 | Updated, 9:19 a.m. | Feb. 6, 2016

    The sea lion pup rescued from the Marine Room in La Jolla is recovering at SeaWorld. — Debbi Baker



    The adorable baby sea lion that snuck into the Marine Room has had a big meal and some loving and much needed attention by rescuers at SeaWorld who said on Friday that the malnourished and emaciated animal’s condition is improving.

    "She's pretty content right now," said SeaWorld Senior Animal Care specialist Kevin Robinson after I headed over to the aquatic park to see for myself.

    The little critter looked right at home in an enclosure where she was being kept with about 18 other rescued pups.

    "She's getting along great," Robinson said. "She's had a few good meals and plenty of buddies."

    And she’s been given the name Marina. That’s not something that SeaWorld caregivers usually do, but given the unique circumstances of her rescue, she deserved a moniker, said SeaWorld San Diego Spokesman Dave Koontz.

    Check out the video of her capture and subsequent trip to the aquatic park's animal care center.

    The 8-month-old mammal, who at 20 pounds is half the size she should be, is being fed a delicious (?) fish formula slurry that includes vitamins, electrolytes and other supplements designed to stabilize her, Koontz said. She is too weak to take her fish whole. She's also getting a dose of antibiotics.

    Vets also need to evaluate her left eye which had been swollen shut after some unknown trauma.

    The youngster is spending her days in an outdoor enclosure along with 41 other sea lions, mostly pups, that have been rescued since the beginning of the year, Koontz said. At night she is brought indoors to make sure her body temperature is regulated.

    The goal is to get the pup strong enough so she can not only eat whole fish again but compete for food with the other sea lions so that she can be returned to the wild. That could take as long as eight weeks, Koontz said.

    Koontz said it was a good thing that the pup crawled into the La Jolla restaurant, because if rescuers had not gotten to her when they did, she may not have survived.

    Right now her condition is considered “guarded." But things are looking pretty good. "I think she's got a pretty good chance of making it," Robinson said.

    The popular little sea lion has generated interest from media all over including "Good Morning America," the "Today" show, Reuters, Associated Press and even a news organization in Sweden.

    Read more about how she was found from the U-T's David Hernandez.

    Rescued sea lion pup gets nutrition and a name | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

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    Aw, precious. I like to think she was smart enough to get help

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    funny, you don't hear from stupid Steve-O on this. fucker.
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