Early on Sunday morning, a sea lion crossed eight lanes of traffic and a concrete median on busy California 101 before exiting at Broadway. Burlingame police and animal rescuers found the sea lion perched on a tree stump, as you can see here.
Amazingly, no accidents occurred while the sea lion was on the highway (certainly it was fortunate that it was 7:00 am on Sunday, rather than 7:00 pm on a Monday). “Drivers were calling us, saying ‘I swear I’m not drunk, but there’s a sea lion in the middle of the freeway,’ ” Burlingame police Cpl. Laura Terada noted.
“He couldn’t look more calm, like he owned the place,” Dustin Lorensen of the Peninsula Humane Society, which contracts with San Mateo County for wildlife rescue, commented. The sea lion has been named Broadway Bound and is female, say veterinarians, who also found that she has a gunshot wound on her face.
Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald says that Broadway Bound has been too agitated to eat anything yet and is being treated for trauma to her jaw, apparently from the bullet. Oswald said that it is possible the sea lion may have algae poisoning, which could caused her to suffer from seizures and disorientation.
The sea lion is the second one with gunshot wounds that the Center has admitted this year. In 2010, the Center took in nine lions with gunshot wounds.
Wishing Broadway Bound a very swift recovery from all she’s been through.
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