Bode, a sea lion pup who was rescued in March by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and adopted by the Laguna Board of Realtors and affiliates "Meals for Seals" sponsorship program, has been released back into the wild at Crescent Bay.
Debbie MacCarter, an animal care supervisor and development coordinator at the Center, said the pup was malnourished and wounded upon arrival at the Center, where he was placed in the Intensive Care Unit and treated appropriately.
"After several days of rest in our heated nursery unit, nutrient- and calorie-rich fish smoothie [feedings] and extra fluids to battle dehydration, Bode began growing stronger," she said. "Pretty soon he was eating well and regularly on his own, putting on pounds and ready to go in the pool where he and his poolmates have plenty of room to swim, play and dive for fish.
"Now that he has completely his rehabilitation and is healthy and strong, he is ready to return to the wild."