After spending days aground in Sitka, a sea lion returns to the water – with help from humans

An improvised rescue mission involving a front-end loader and tranquilizer darts returned a desperate and dehydrated sea lion that spent four days meandering around Sitka to the ocean Monday. “It’s a good outcome,” said Julie Speegle of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. “He was last seen catching a fish.” First seen humping down a road near Sitka’s hospital early Friday morning, the Steller sea lion had spent most of the past two days hiding in the woods. Scientists tried to encourage him to travel the quarter-mile to the ocean on his own, but those attempts failed. 12 photos >click to read<17:36

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