She Lost Her Way

Vada(10)

This lovely lady lost her way, but the story has a happy ending. The story would be more Hot Topic if she was found deceased upon the forest road, but I am happy to report that she is swimming in the Columbia River today. A change of pace this morning for all of you, maybe this cound be a animal rescue thread?



"Deputies in Washington state had an unusual road hazard call on Sunday -- a 500-pound sea lion. The massive mammal was spotted in Cowlitz County, a few miles from a water source big enough for it, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "While it isn't uncommon for sea lions to be in the Cowlitz River this time of year with all the smelt, it was quickly determined this Steller sea lion, which are native to Washington, had taken several wrong turns," Becky Bennett with WDFW told CNN.


Those turns eventually led the sea lion to a wooded area typically populated by deer and elk and miles away from a place to swim, Bennett said. The sea lion was first spotted by state wildlife officers Saturday night but with limited resources they had to wait until the next day to arrange transportation. The sea lion had other plans, though.


It kept venturing further and further inland overnight and was spotted sitting on the road at times and even in someone's driveway. Cowlitz County Sheriff's Sgt. Corey Huffine snapped a quick selfie with the "unexpected road hazard" and the department shared it on Facebook. Multiple agencies, including the Cowlitz County Sheriff, Cowlitz County Humane Society, WDFW and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, banned together to help trap the sea lion and transport it back to the Columbia River, according to the WDFW. "Our wayward sea lion has been safely transported back to the Columbia River," the sheriff's office posted with several images of the rescue. Wildlife officials said the sea lion's health was checked before it was released and it swam away without incident."

https://www.news-daily.com/news/world_nation/a-wayward-sea-lion-found-wandering-miles-from-the-water/article_189a8ab8-dd59-5715-b6a4-3d0bbbc10060.html


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mudhouse

I wondered how people could move a 500-600 pound sea lion, so I looked and found this article. It has a video showing how they convinced her to get into a cage, so they could transport her back to water. She seems to be a very sensible sea lion. Sized up her options, and made the right choice.

They even did it without having to tranquilize her! Bravo.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/lost-sea-lion-wanders-far-from-home-sparks-cowlitz-co-standup/281-4dcd5124-6624-4c22-bcf5-0c51ee38b768

Nice to see a happy story, Vada.

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adoptedbyhounds

Thanks for posting, Vada!

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arcy_gw

There is a story about solar storms confusing whales today. Maybe other's get confused too.

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patriciae_gw(07)

Yikes, these animals are dangerous. glad to hear it all went well. hero time.

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elvis

Mud, that video was great!

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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Thank you, Vada, for this uplifting story after scrolling through one depressing thread after another here. I wish this lovely lady well, and hope she won't lose her way again.

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HU-885118952

Thanks, Vada. I wonder how long it would take before her size would injure her! Got to get back to buoyancy!

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Vada(10)

This is a heart warming rescue story, is it not? What surprise the deer and the other creatures of the forest must have felt when they saw this strange creature hump humping down the road. Now that every thing is O.K., I think it must have been so very comically.

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batyabeth

"banned together" ?? but a great photo and story, indeed.

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