Malnourished Sea Lion Pup Enters La Jolla Restaurant, Falls Asleep in Booth

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Employees at the Marine Room in La Jolla had an unexpected guest Thursday morning.

A sickly sea lion pup was found sleeping in one of the restaurant’s booths.

Restaurant employees found the pup, which is about the size of a small dog, on the seat near a window overlooking the ocean about 8 a.m., said manager Matt Caponi. Employees called a SeaWorld rescue team, and the pup was awake and moving around by the time the team arrived.

The 8-month-old female California sea lion was malnourished and dehydrated, SeaWorld officials said. At 20 pounds, she is considered a “micro pup,” meaning she is half the normal weight for her age.

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