Friday, May 07, 2010

Sea lion hides under police car

A wandering sea lion pup that got lost and was spotted walking along a street alone at 4am has been freed after hiding under a police car.

The animal was captured after hiding under a San Diego police car for four hours in the middle of a road.

Police Sergeant Jack Knish says officers got a call at about 4 a.m. Wednesday that the pup was crossing a street in the Ocean Beach area.

Knish says an officer parked his car in the middle of the road and went to investigate. That's when the sea lion came out from under another car and scuttled under the patrol car. SeaWorld experts retrieved the growling pup at about 8 a.m.

Rescuer Kevin Robinson grabbed it by the tail and put it in a net. Robinson says the pup, who's less than a year old, was dehydrated but uninjured. He says the pup weighs about 25 pounds — less than half what it should weigh. Robinson says it will be released within two months.

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