Hungry sea lion pup wanders into Ocean Beach parking lot

San Francisco police rescued a hungry sea lion pup Monday morning after the small, 27-pound mammal wandered onto the steps near a parking lot along Ocean Beach.

The San Francisco Police Department identified the approximately 11-month-old Zalophus californianus as “George Bison,” likely born last June off the coast of the Channel Islands, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

George Bison was one of the more than 300 sea lion pups to be found starving along the California coast and rescued by the center so far in this year — part of the “mass sea lion strandings” that have occurred since 2013 — according to the center.

George Bison, whose sex is unknown, was dehydrated and malnourished when a passerby called 911 around 1:11 a.m. for assistance with the stranded sea lion pup.

As first reported by the Richmond District Blog, several officers took turns watching the pup at Stairwell 5 in the Richmond District until 9 a.m., police spokesperson Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

A rescued sea lion pup named "George Bison" sits near an officer after being found wandering near an Ocean Beach parking lot on Monday. (Photo courtesy SFPD)
A rescued sea lion pup named “George Bison” sits near an officer after being found wandering near an Ocean Beach parking lot on Monday. (Photo courtesy SFPD)

That’s when a trained responder from the mammal center’s stranding department picked up the pup and transported it to a marine mammal hospital in Sausalito, where the pup is being tube fed electrolytes, according to the center.

George Bison will be examined later this week to determine its sex and collect blood samples, according to the center.

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