VIDEO: Sea lion rescued, in care after being shot in the face

An injured sea lion was rescued on Spanish Banks last week, says Vancouver Aquarium Rescue centre

A California sea lion is in care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre after being found on Spanish Banks sufferent from gunshot wounds to its face last Friday.

It’s believed the sea lion, now named Senor Cinco, was shot at least two times by bullets from a small-calibre gun shattering his teeth and blinding him in one eye and possibly hitting his optic nerve.

To make matters worse, the wounds do not appear to be new, Dr. Martin Haulene, the aquarium’s head veterinarian, said in a press release.

It’s believed the underweight sea lion has “likely been in distress for weeks,” Haulene said.

Senor Cinco is now undergoing supportive therapy and receiveing necessary medical attention at the rescue centre.

“The injuries he sustained at the hands of humans left him in pain and unable to forage on his own. We’re happy we can ease his suffering, but he has a long road to recovery ahead,” Dr. Martin Haulene, the aquarium’s head veterinarian, said in a press release.

Haulene and animal rescuers are not sure if the sea lion will be released, or require long-term care.

California sea lions breed off the coast of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula, but during non-breeding season a large number of males migrate north to B.C.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Vancouver Aquarium

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Homeless person struck by freight train in Abbotsford

Victim required airlift to hospital, Maclure Road shut down for hours

No support for tax relief grant report

Mission Coun. Jag Gill presented the motion, but could not get a seconder

$25 million Fraser Valley highway project 18 months behind schedule

Ministry says information security protocols have ‘evolved’ since construction on project wrapped up

COVID-19 case confirmed at Highstreet Walmart in Abbotsford

Fraser Health sends out letter to those who might have had contact with individual

Mission Mayor releases statement condemning racism and discrimination

‘We have a duty to be accountable to each other’ and celebrate diversity

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The importance of accurate, ethical reporting is critical – perhaps as never before

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

IHIT investigating ‘suspicious’ death of Surrey man

Officers found the body while on foot patrol: Surrey RCMP

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Kelowna Mountie on desk duty following ‘aggressive’ arrest

The officer involved in an arrest that took place on May 30 in Kelowna has been placed on administrative duties

Protests shift to memorializing George Floyd amid push for change

‘There is something better on the other side of this,’ says Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom

Limit gun capacity to five bullets, victims group urges Trudeau government

Current limits are generally five bullets for hunting rifles and shotguns and 10 for handguns.

Most Read