Hungry Sea Lion Takes A Booth At San Diego Restaurant

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A skinny sea lion pup followed its rumbling stomach to a fancy San Diego restaurant, where it slipped into a booth and made itself comfortable.

The malnourished mammal appears to have arrived at The Marine Room after bellying down a ramp from the beach and entering through a door left open by cleaning staff, said Chef Bernard Guillas.

The early morning guest quickly made an impression on the establishment's staff, as the female pup climbed into a booth "almost like she wanted to have dinner," the chef said.

The menu at the white table-cloth restaurant includes sophisticated dishes like "ginger kalbi lacquered tofu" and "ahi tuna and foie rossini."

But alas, the pup was barely given time to look over the wine list before a rescue team from the SeaWorld San Diego theme park was called in to pull the barking mammal from the booth and place it in a net.

The pup was then taken to SeaWorld for care, said David Koontz, a spokesman for the attraction.

The lethargic juvenile sea lion is 8 months old and weighs only 9 kg, less than 1/2 the normal size for its age, Koontz said. But SeaWorld staff say they are "guardedly optimistic" they can nurse it back to health and return the animal to the wild.

You can watch a video of the sea lion pup’s rescue here.


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