CARLSBAD, Calif. — No birdie at this golf course! A pregnant sea lion spotted on a resort’s golf course was brought back to the beach by lifeguards.
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An employee of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad took a photo and captured video of the animal, which was spotted on the resort’s golf course, miles from the beach.
Resort staff immediately contacted the SeaWorld rescue team, who arrived to find the animal was pregnant, KNSD reported. Resort staff told the station that it’s quite common for sea lions to head landward when pregnant, “just closer to shore.”
SeaWorld Animal Rescue told KSWB that the animal did not appear to be in danger or distress when its rescue teams arrived.
“She was comfortable, cozy on the golf course,” Jeni Smith, program manager for SeaWorld Animal Rescue, told KSWB.
The animal was so comfortable that it didn’t seem to want to leave. When rescuers attempted to approach the sea lion, it began to waddle in the wrong direction, KSWB reported. The sea lion was eventually disputed after Smith enlisted station workers equipped with plastic “shields” with handles to line up and create a kind of tunnel, clearing the way for the sea lion to follow to the rescue truck, depending on the station. .
While the resort is several miles from shore, rescuers told KNSD they believe the sea lion took advantage of the high tide to swim up a nearby lagoon to get to the resort.
Rescuers took the sea lion to Carlsbad State Beach to release her back into the ocean, where she swam to safety, KSWB reported. Although SeaWorld does not name the animals it rescues and releases, beach lifeguards who helped named the sea lion “Bogey.”
SeaWorld is one of the largest animal rescue organizations in the world and has helped over 40,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals.
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