Who says you don't get second chances? Amgen is a female yearling who got just that: a second chance at life.
Amgen was admitted to The Marine Mammal Center on 5/17/10 from Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. When Amgen, a California sea lion, arrived at the Center, she was underweight and suffering from malnutrition. Amgen was treated for malnutrition through a special feeding regimen.
The goal at the Center is to feed the animal 10% of her body weight in whole fish every day. This diet, primarily composed of herring, ensures adequate nutrition and weight gain. Once Amgen's health began to improve, she was put on a maintenance diet which reduced her feed to 5% of her body weight each day.
While at the Center, staff and volunteers are especially careful to limit their interaction with Amgen to only what is absolutely necessary in order to preserve as much of her wild instincts as possible. After all, the ultimate goal is release back into the wild, and therefore the Center's staff must be as mindful as possible of this eventual return to the ocean.
On July 12th, Amgen and nine other animals were returned to the sea at Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes. Amgen was accompanied by seven other California sea lions and two elephant seals: Adi, Franklin, Leavon, Lil Kiks, Vesper, Kiewit, Dickens, Snout and Jeanne Rae.