SAN FRANCISCO — Two blind sea lions saved from certain death in the wild are making their public debut at the San Francisco Zoo, including one that had been shot in the face.

The pair were slated to dive into their new exhibit Friday morning following months of rehabilitation.

An adult male nicknamed Silent Knight was found on a Sausalito beach in December with a gunshot wound to the face. The shooting had destroyed the adult male's right eye, and he could not see from his left eye.

A young male nicknamed Henry was found starving on a Crescent City beach last May unable to see.

Both were treated at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County. Wildlife experts determined neither could survive back in the wild because of their blindness.

Know Your Rights

California law prohibits lawyers or others acting on behalf of a lawyer from:

— Soliciting clients at an accident scene, at a hospital, or on the way to a hospital.

— Soliciting clients who, due to their physical, emotional or mental state, may not be able to have reasonable judgment about the hiring of an attorney .

— Seeking clients by mail unless the letter and envelope are clearly labeled as an advertisement.

— Promising a particular outcome from legal representation.

In the wake of the fires, there is also the risk of victims being approached by people posing as attorneys. Consumers should determine if they are legitimate and licensed to provide legal services. Before hiring an attorney, look up their name or State Bar number on the State Bar website — www.calbar.ca.gov — to check the status of their license to practice law and whether they have any record of discipline.

Source: State Bar of California

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