For over two months, the SeaWorld San Diego animal rescue team had been monitoring a seriously injured sea lion. The animal had fishing line wrapped around it and a fishing hook in its eye. Rescuers tried many attempts at safely rescuing him, but they failed. Eventually rescuers reported that the hook in the sea lion’s eye had apparently been dislodged, and finally, rescuers decided to sedate the sea lion with a tranquilizer dart.
When the sea lion had been sedated, rescuers were able to safely get it to SeaWorld San Diego for medical treatment. While doing surgery to remove the fishing line, it was determined (through X-rays) that the animal had been shot through the eye. Thankfully, the fishing line, bullet, and the damaged eye were successfully removed.
On January 22, Hook the sea lion was returned to the ocean. If it wasn’t for SeaWorld, Hook definitely wouldn’t have survived – but now he’s been given a second chance at life.
So, clearly it isn’t true that SeaWorld keeps the marine mammals they rescue for performing in a so-called “circus.”
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