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Sea lion found on rooftop deck

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- A California man said he awoke to sounds on his rooftop deck and investigated to find a sea lion pup flopping around atop the four-story home.

Mike Kai, 27, of Newport Beach, said he woke up Thursday at about sunrise and investigated the source of the sounds on top of his house to discover the sea lion wandering around on the rooftop deck, the Orange County Register reported Friday.

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"It came off the beach, and I guess the way our stairs work, you can climb straight up to our roof deck," Kai said.

Kai called animal control and the sea lion was taken to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

Dean Gomersall, an animal care supervisor at the marine mammal center, told the Newport Beach Daily Pilot the sea lion weighed 32 pounds, a little underweight. He said the animal also had a small cut on its nose.

Gomersall said the animal will probably be released back into the wild in about three months.

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