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Lost sea lion in California found mile from water

Lost Sea Lion

MERCED, Calif. (AP) -- Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

The Merced Sun-Star ( http://bit.ly/1kxGRQF ) reported Tuesday that the ranch hands quickly got in touch with wildlife officials after discovering the confused animal last month at Mape's Ranch near Modesto.

A Marine Mammal Center volunteer eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a cage, where it promptly fell asleep.

The newspaper reports the 36-pound sea lion, nicknamed Hoppie, is recovering at the center. Hoppie is undergoing treatment for sores and getting some nourishment in hopes of returning him to the wild.

Officials aren't sure why the sea lion left the river or hopped such a long way on the ground.

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dee lightner April 16 2014 at 6:35 PM

I wonder if someone might have captured this poor little creature, and then decided they didn't want to deal with it, so they ditched it way out in farm land. I hope it is soon able to return to the sea.

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Bobby dee lightner April 16 2014 at 6:48 PM

I think the more probable cause is the Fukushima radiation contamination . Most likely we will see other unusual behavior from many other animals trying to get as far from the certain death that has been unleashed on the world's oceans ...

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welcome Richard Bobby April 16 2014 at 7:39 PM

@Oldtruthful, At least they didn't blame Bush/Obama

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mcager dee lightner April 16 2014 at 7:15 PM

I wondered about that also.

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kate April 18 2014 at 11:50 AM

So many mean , weird faithless wakkos here AOL SUSPEND THESE PEOPLES' ACCOUNTS !

they have a meaningless life on keyboard all day/night saddddd

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carol lowery April 16 2014 at 7:56 PM

The Marine Mammal Ctr and the Ocean Conservancy both do a lot of good work with everything that belongs in the oceans and seas. Thank goodness the ranch hands made sure he headed back to where he really belonged.

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merkjones April 16 2014 at 7:55 PM

I say to test the little fellows smell, sight and hearing. All three things he relies on to locate where the water is. Something is really missing for him to walk away from water in the wrong direction.

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donlshaw April 16 2014 at 7:27 PM

What a great outcome for the little one

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Cletus April 16 2014 at 7:57 PM

THIS WAS CUTE ONE HOPE HE GETS BETTER AND SET FREE

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locoengr1957 April 16 2014 at 7:22 PM

Thank goodness that a caring person found him and got help for him,some people these days would not even help.Hope he goes home.

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mcager April 16 2014 at 7:14 PM

What a beautiful little seal. He needs a GPS system.

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flysalot2 mcager April 16 2014 at 8:57 PM

Before releasing, I bet they install a tracking device on him.

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Sylvia April 16 2014 at 7:10 PM

hi i am glad some one has him amd takes care of him till he is well , then put back in the water to find the others thanks for caring

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raptureready1958 April 16 2014 at 7:52 PM

So sweet.

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