Who Kidnapped a Baby Sea Lion From California Beach?

Baby Sea Lion

In California, a baby sea lion pup was kidnapped by a group of four people on Sunday early morning.

According to media reports, four suspects stole the baby from a mother sea lion at Dockweiler State Beach. This was happened at 3.30 a.m. There were two men and two women who were harassing two sea lion babies, according to the witness. Their ages were between 20 to 25 years.

The witness noted that these people seemed to be very rude to the animals. The witness said that the suspects were throwing trash and cinder blocks at the animals on the shore, and then one male managed to catch a sea lion pup.

The people, according to the witness, also tried to catch the other 10-month old pup, which dodged them and hide itself in the nearby bushes. They transferred the pup in a black two-door Honda Civic which had a California license plate.

Marine Animal Rescue’s Peter Wallerstein told the City News Service that it is possible that the sea lion pup may have bitten someone. He was informed by the beach security officers about the presence of two baby sea lions on the shore.

Wallerstein was able to free one of the pups trapped in the nearby bushes. According to the security officers, four people stole one of the pups by placing it in a blanket.

The people who stole the pup are in quite a bit of trouble. They can face a fine of $10,000 and a sentence of one year in the jail. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the occurrence.

Special care is needed for a sea lion pup to thrive. According to wildlife experts, the sea lion pups are coming to the shore because of starvation, which is the major issue.

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