SAN FRANCISCO — A young sea lion rescued from Alcatraz three weeks ago could soon be back in the wild.

The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bit.ly/HwPkPY) that the sea lion is making progress at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito after arriving there emaciated about three weeks ago.

It has gained weight. An abscess was also removed from its neck.

The newspaper reports that it could be returned to the wild next week.

The sea lion, dubbed "Al Catraz," is believed to be just over a year old. It was found on rocks under a concrete dock where ferries to Alcatraz land on March 21.

Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said its ribs were visible, and it was too weak to eat.

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Information from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com

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