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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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ReddSox35 April 16 2014 at 10:56 PM

Awe poor baby! Very sad that he is away from his mother.

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bilhee April 17 2014 at 7:28 AM

Poor guy…Thanks to the ranch hands who cared

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paulieditrumpet April 17 2014 at 8:14 AM

Poor Little fellow...I guess it's not just people who get lost ...
Good luck Hoppie :}

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buzzyseed April 17 2014 at 8:32 AM

Lucky he did not run into some punks who would of shot him for no reason.

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WatergirlHawaii April 17 2014 at 8:38 AM

So glad he'll be going home healthy: and now he'll have some great 'travellin tales' to share too!

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aristocat101 April 17 2014 at 8:42 AM

Im happy he is ok such a beautiful sealion

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gatorland41 April 17 2014 at 8:42 AM

I want my mama!! poor hoppie! lets get him home quick!

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josephcharlesfa April 17 2014 at 8:45 AM

The best thing here is he was found alive and safe. Must be a tough little bugger to go so far on his flippers. Good luck Hoppie and speedy recovery.

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pugglemommy2005 April 17 2014 at 8:48 AM

OH how cute. Thank goodness he was found and saved :-)

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Lisa April 17 2014 at 8:59 AM

He is a survivor. How precious. He just wanted his mommie.

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