Rehabilitated Sea Lions Poisoned

Some sea lions at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center were poisoned with chlorine just before they were ready for release.
Some sea lions at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center were poisoned with chlorine just before they were ready for release.

Police in Laguna Beach, California, are searching for the person or people who poured large amounts of chlorine into a salt water holding pool at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center Monday night or Tuesday morning, injuring sea lions who were ready to be released. More than 400 sea lion pups have been treated by the center so far this year as part of the ongoing crisis where thousands of malnourished pups have stranded on the state’s coastline. “It’s hard for all of us,” said Keith Matassa, the executive director of the non-profit. “Our volunteers and staff have taken these animals from near death and rehabbed them back and gotten them ready to go back into the wild and to have this happen right before they’re ready for release, it’s shaken the staff.” Eight of the sea lions who were injured have healed but seven others need at least four more weeks of treatment before they can be released. — Watch it from KABC Los Angeles via Yahoo

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