CARLSBAD, Calif. — Carlsbad police and SeaWorld teamed up to rescue a young sea lion that found itself on the side of the road Wednesday evening.
Police spotted the animal on Carlsbad Boulevard, just south of Avenida Encinas, around 9:40 p.m. Officers put on their lights and used their SUV to block the confused animal from traffic, then put in a call to SeaWorld’s rescue team.
We are committed to the protection and service of all Carlsbad community members. Including this guy while officers arranged for his rescue. Thanks @seaworld! #teamCarlsbad #beachcity #oceanlife pic.twitter.com/LBJMX45roS
— Carlsbad Police (@CarlsbadPolice) December 12, 2019
Rescuers arrived shortly before midnight, scooped up the sea lion and took it back to the park’s Animal Health and Rescue Center, where they determined it was a female and around 3 or 4 years old, SeaWorld said.
Veterinarians were still observing the animal Thursday morning to determine if she was healthy enough to return to the wild or needed more medical attention.
“We greatly appreciate Carlsbad PD giving us a call so that (we) could help this gal,” a SeaWorld spokesperson told FOX 5.
CPD joked on Twitter that the incident illustrates their commitment to all “community members” in their city.