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A Wayward Sea Lion Gets Much-Needed Help

Big mammal is rescued from a rural road in Washington state, miles from water
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2020 3:42 PM CST

(Newser) – The sea lion had no business being on the rural road, and yet there he was, all 600 or so pounds of him in Washington state's Cowlitz County. The best guess of wildlife authorities is that the big guy had been in the Cowlitz River, but then got out and made "several wrong turns," reports CNN. In the end, he ended up a few miles from any water source big enough to accommodate him, and calls from confused locals to police began to come in.

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Enter the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, which posted this video showing how about two dozen people—deputies, humane society workers, etc.—managed to coax the sea lion into a cage for transport back to water. “I think everybody had a face full of sea lion breath more than once,” a state wildlife officer tells the Oregonian. (It's probably wise not to get too close to sea lions.)

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