Rubbish The Sea Lion Rescued After Wandering The Streets Of San Francisco

A lost sea lion pup nicknamed Rubbish wandered into San Francisco on Thursday. He crossed a busy road in the city’s Marina District, then attempted to elude rescuers by hiding under a car.

His rescue became a sensation on social media:

Another photo of #sealion found in SF Marina dist. this am.

— KTVU (@KTVU) April 30, 2015

Rubbish was eventually caught in a net and placed in a carrier box. CBS San Francisco reports that it took the police and rescuers from the Marine Mammal Center in nearby Sausalito about 30 minutes to catch the pup.

PHOTOS: Rubbish the sea lion rescued on street in San Francisco.

— ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) April 30, 2015

The pup had been nicknamed Rubbish by the center during a previous rescue. In February, he was found in Santa Barbara suffering from malnourishment and pneumonia. After being nursed back to health, he was released at Point Reyes in March.

It’s somewhat unusual for a sea lion to strand itself twice and rescuers will examine Rubbish to see if he is suffering from any other health problems, but he has lost about 10 pounds since his release, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

We’ll fatten Rubbish up and send him home…with a waterproof map!” the center said on Twitter.

An adorable sea lion got lost in San Francisco today after leaving the warming ocean

— Popular Science (@PopSci) May 1, 2015

Rubbish is also part of a larger problem. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of stranded sea lions since 2013, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an “unusual mortality event.” —> Read More