Sea lion pup found in restaurant recovering at Sea World

By Daniel Uria  |  Feb. 11, 2016 at 3:03 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The starving sea lion pup that was found at a San Diego restaurant is recovering at Sea World.

Fox 5 San Diego reports that the pup, who has been nicknamed "Marina," is in "stable and guarded condition" and has gained 4 pounds since its rescue.

The pup was discovered at The Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas shared photos of the animal.

"At first, she was a little shy, and then she came really close to me, so close I could look at her beautiful eyes," he told the San Diego Tribune. "She is looking good. I told her, Get well soon so you and I can take a little ride on a boat and put you back into the big beautiful ocean.'"

Sea World staff estimated that the sea lion could be released back into the ocean within six to eight weeks if she continues to gain weight.

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