A Twice-Rescued Seal Pup Has Been Found Under a Car in San Francisco

First of all, he needs a new name. Secondly, maybe a zoo might be a good place to take him:

A sea lion pup found hiding under a car in San Francisco this week was “Rubbish,” the same animal who had been found in the Santa Barbara area in February and released in to the Pacific Ocean after treatment, rescuers said Friday.

The pup, who lost 17 pounds while at sea, is the latest of thousands of sea lion pups to wash ashore in California this year, as warm water temperatures makes their food scarce.

“What’s scary is that we don’t know when this will end,” said Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County near San Francisco. “This could be the new normal – a changed environment that we’re dealing with now.”

Rubbish was taken to The Marine Mammal Center on Thursday, after passersby noticed him beneath a parked car at the corner of Marina Boulevard and Divisadero Street in San Francisco and called police and rescuers.

He had been treated at the Marin County center once before, after his rescue by the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center on February 8 when he was 8 months old.

At that time, he weighed just 30 pounds, rescuers said, and was treated for pneumonia and malnutrition. He was released into the ocean near San Francisco in March, after gaining 27 pounds.