Sea lion rescued from SF roadway 

A silky-brown male California sea lion was rescued Wednesday morning after being found on the side of the road near Fort Funston.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said two people helped the sea lion when they spotted it on the edge of Skyline Boulevard just south of the Great Highway turnoff.

It had crossed Skyline Boulevard and was nearing Lake Merced.

About 7:10 a.m., a National Park Service ranger was driving along Skyline Boulevard when he witnessed the pair trying to protect the sea lion. The ranger stopped and the three loaded the animal into a plastic tote for transport.

Picavet said the sea lion was combative during the rescue and even bit the blankets that the ranger was using to guide it into the tote.

However, once the sea lion was safely contained, the ranger was able to transport it to the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands.

The sea lion was named Percevero and joined 115 California sea lion pups that are being treated at the Marine Mammal Center for being underweight.

Percevero weighs 28 pounds, instead of a normal weight of around 40 pounds, Picavet said. He was originally thought to be a 7-month-old pup, but tests confirmed that he was born in June 2013.

This is the third year in a row that the center is seeing unusual numbers of sea lion pups stranded and starving.


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