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Keekee Goes Home for the Holidays!

This California sea lion received the medical care he needed to go home for the holidays, permanently, thanks to your support!

December 24, 2012

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Keekee received medical care at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA.
© The Marine Mammal Center

"Keekee" was released back to the ocean today at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands - a perfect way to wish all "mammals" happy holidays! This juvenile sea lion was rescued by the Center's Monterey Bay volunteers on November 5, near a hotel in Cannery Row. Keekee, as he was named, was very lethargic, malnourished and it appeared that he even had some bite marks on his back. He was brought to our hospital where veterinarians did a full exam and learned he had intestinal flukes and his red blood cell count was low. They immediately began treatment and along with some TLC from our volunteers, Keekee got stronger and healthier. He had a good appetite while he was with us eating nearly 6 lb of herring a day!

At the beach on Dec. 24, a small crowd of beach goers gathered to send Keekee off.

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Keekee makes a dash for the ocean at Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands, December 24, 2012
© Ingrid Overgard - The Marine Mammal Center

The sea lion didn't waste any time getting into the water; once the door to his carrier was opened, he bolted straight for the ocean barking all the way!

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Keekee checks out the surf at Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands.
© Ingrid Overgard - The Marine Mammal Center

Happy Holidays Keekee!


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