A skinny sea lion was whisked from Island View Beach after a dog-walker’s charge stopped to say hello – and the animal didn’t seem to care.
Dubbed Sea Lionel Richie by rescuers, the stellar sea lion was plucked from the Central Saanich beach on Feb. 5 and taken to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver.
The sea lion arrived emaciated and weighing just over 95 pounds and received fluid. After a brief first examination, staff figured Lionel was about two years old. After treatment the animal became a little more responsive, less physically cold and showed a little interest in the surroundings.
Despite the staff’s efforts, Lionel died on Feb. 10.
Results of a necropsy are pending.
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