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Friday, May 1, 2015

Cops in San Francisco Rescue Sea Lion Pup Roaming the Streets

A California sea lion pup was rescued after it was seen roving around San Francisco on Thursday, giving new meaning to the term 'trash collection.'

'Rubbish' the pup was saved in the Marina neighborhood by police and officials from the Marine Mammal Center, the center said in a news release.

The retrieval took place around 7:00 a.m., after Rubbish was earlier spied hiding under a car, center officials said.

The Marine Mammal Center's Dr. Shawn Johnson told KGO 'Luckily the San Francisco Police Department had stopped traffic around him and was protecting him until we got there.'
According to KRON, the rescue attempt took around four minutes.

Rubbish was delivered to the Marine Mammal Center, where Johnson figured out the pup had spent time there before, center officials said.

Johnson told KGO: 'He was rescued in Santa Barbara County in February and brought up here for rehabilitation. He was here at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito for nearly two months.'
The person who first reported Rubbish gave him his name, center officials explained.
The center said of the pup's February rescue: 'Rubbish was eight months old and weighed just 30 pounds when he was rescued.

Veterinary staff and volunteers at the Center treated him for pneumonia and malnutrition, and helped return him to a healthy weight.

After gaining 27 pounds, Rubbish was released at Point Reyes National Seashore on March 23, 2015.


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