Viral Video: Sea Lion Wanders Onto Busy US Highway, Good Samaritans Stop Traffic to Rescue It | Watch

Animal rescuers, first responders and a couple of good Samaritans were able to help get the stranded marine mammal to safety.

Published: January 11, 2022 2:17 PM IST

By Trending Desk | Edited by Ritu Singh

Sea Lion Wanders Onto Busy US Highway, Good Samaritans Stop Traffic to Rescue It
Sea Lion Wanders Onto Busy US Highway, Good Samaritans Stop Traffic to Rescue It

“Drivers didn’t hesitate to stop their cars and get out to protect the sea lion trying to cross route 94 in San Diego Friday morning. The sea lion was found 3 miles from shore and was returned to sea. He’s known for showing up in odd places,” read the caption.

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An onlooker, told the media, “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Later, the SeaWorld San Diego Rescue Team reached the highway and used nets to stop the 200-pound sea lion from moving any further. After the rescue, the marine creature was taken to the SeaWorld San Diego Rescue Center for a health assessment and rehabilitation.

“Great work from the SeaWorld San Diego rescue team, who responded to several calls to help relocate this curious sea lion who made his way onto busy streets this morning. We’re grateful for the CA Highway Patrol for helping our team safely rescue him,” SeaWorld tweeted.

Experts are still wondering how the marine animal was found so far away from the ocean on the freeway. “Why he crossed the road, I don’t know,” Eric Otjen, head of SeaWorld San Diego’s rescue team, told ABC News. “We’ll probably never know why.”

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Published Date: January 11, 2022 2:17 PM IST