Left - Round Two, a California sea lion, in surgery at The Marine Mammal Center.
Right - Round Two after surgery, rests comforatbly in her pool.
Round Two, a yearling California sea lion, is one of the latest patients to be admitted to the Center with a wound that if untreated, could have been life-threatening. She was spotted on a dock in Monterey County by citizens who called the Center. Volunteers from our Monterey unit jumped into action and rescued the 60 pound female yearling on August 16. She had major damage to her right hind flipper. Upon evaluation by the Center's veterinarians, it was determined that the trauma and infection were too much to fix. Lucky for Round Two this was a hind flipper and the decision was made to amputate it as sea lions can do well in the wild without one. All went well and Round Two ate one hour after surgery and has been swimming around and eating well ever since. She still has some major healing to do but her disability has not slowed her down and we hope to return her to the ocean soon. We think that's pretty impressive!