This Guadalupe fur seal pup was rescued from Stinson Beach in Marin County (near San Francisco). The man that called in the rescue asked his daughters to name the pup, and they put together the names of their two favorite dolls – Lila and Rach. The fur seal was underweight and dehydrated when rescued, but after months of loving care by volunteers and staff, a healthy LilaRach was released at Drakes Beach near Point Reyes National Seashore. Guadalupe fur seals are a threatened species found mostly off the coast of Mexico and occasionally off the California coast. They were hunted almost to extinction for their luxurious fur. Now protected by U.S. and Mexican law, the population has steadily increased to over 7,000.
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