Two California sea lion pups, estimated to be less than one week old, are being bottled fed every two hours at SeaWorld San Diego. Boy are they cute!
Lifeguards called SeaWorld’s animal rescue team when the two pups were spotted with their umbilical cords still attached in the La Jolla Cove area of San Diego this past weekend. SeaWorld’s animal rescue team spent the day monitoring the pups on the beach before determining that the mother sea lions were not returning to care for the young animals.
I learned today that Sea lions only birth one pup at a time so they are believed to both have been separated from two different adult sea lion mothers in the same vicinity. California sea lions have a long weaning period and the pups will continue to be bottle fed for the next several months. Animal care specialists are introducing the pups to pools for “swim time” and will eventually introduce them to eating whole fish.
I got to check out the pups being fed today (it's a tough job but someone's got to do it)! Here is a little video for you to enjoy:
For more than 40 years, the goal of SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program has been to return medically treated and nursed-to-health rescued animals to the wild — giving them a second lease on life. On average, SeaWorld rescues and treats more than 300 marine animals and birds each year. Of these animals, seals and sea lions form the largest percentage.