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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Grounded at the Airport


"Saps" rests in a pen at the Center's hospital after his rescue, with access to a heating pad and pool.

In the holiday travel crunch, it's not just people stuck at airports. The Center rescued a subadult male California sea lion today from a marsh next to the Oakland International Airport. The animal was behind a fence and not easily accessible, so with the help of the Oakland Port Authority and the USDA, the Center's trained volunteer rescue crew were able to reach the 210 lb. animal, net him, and load him into a carrier. He was transferred to the Center's Sausalito hospital, where he is in his pen resting and stabilizing after the stress of rescue, awaiting examination by veterinarians.

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