Sea lion wounded by shotgun blast recovering
Published: Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
SAUSALITO — The Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center is nursing a sea lion that was shot in the head several times back to health.
KTVU-TV reports that people walking on the south end of a beach near Sausalito found the wounded, seven-foot male sea lion on Wednesday.
The 340-pound animal's right eye is gone and its left eye is swollen shut. X-rays show a number of shotgun pellets in its head.
Marine Mammal Center veterinarian Bill Van Bonn says the sea lion, nicknamed "Silent Knight," is finally sleeping and able to relax after being treated.
But it's too early to know if the animal will regain its health and return to the sea although sea lions are able to survive even without sight.
Who shot the animal and why is not known. The shooting will be reported to federal wildlife officials.
Information from: KTVU-TV
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