Cop ‘Arrests’ A Lost Little Animal For Trespassing On Freeway

The sea lion conducted itself admirably.

Officer Roger Pereira has experienced his share of unusual workdays, but on Tuesday morning he received a call that completely caught him off guard. On the congested US-101 just south of San Francisco, the smallest offender was causing traffic to slow down.

He was certain that it had to be some type of joke or error. Pereira told The Dodo, “I was dubious there would be an actual sea lion on the freeway. Sure enough, a baby sea lion was on the freeway when we arrived at the site.

OFFICER ROGER PEREIRA

A couple Good Samaritans who had stopped their car to assist the young sea lion were watching over the 10-month-old animal. They were watching it closely to make sure it didn’t wander into the lanes of traffic, according to Pereira. “I was in disbelief and could not believe that I was actually looking at a sea lion on such a busy motorway,” the author recalls.

The 30-pound sea lion, who was obviously far from home, was unaware that he was obstructing people’s morning commute. Instead, he appeared to be experiencing the new situation with a sense of youthful amazement.

The sea lion remained calm and interested in what was happening despite the loud noise of the passing cars and the crowds around him, according to Pereira.

OFFICER ROGER PEREIRA

Officer Pereira was forced to make the errant marine animal an arrest, but he decided against using handcuffs. He opened the passenger door of his patrol car after parking it close to the sea lion.

The sea lion voluntarily surrendered. The sea lion leapt into the back seat of the patrol car as soon as the door opened, according to Pereira, “without needing any kind of stimulus.”

Once more, the young sea lion appeared to be completely fascinated by the novel situation. It’s possible that his curiosity was what first got him into trouble.

The sea lion enjoyed the ride, according to Pereira. It did not make any noises or move in an erratically while inside the patrol car. The marine lion behaved himself admirably.

In case the sea lion need immediate treatment, Pereira handed it off at the Peninsula SPCA in the neighborhood before letting him go with simply a warning.

The sea lion was then sent to The Marine Mammal Rescue Center, where a checkup indicated that, except from some mild undernutrition and a tiny scratch on his flipper, he was in good condition.

OFFICER ROGER PEREIRA

Dr. Cara Field, a staff veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center, told Patch that the youngster probably been separated from his mother too soon and wasn’t nearly ready to forage correctly on his own. Despite being underweight, the sea lion youngster is quite spirited and energetic, so with prompt supportive treatment, we are optimistic that he will fully recover.

The sea lion will hopefully be able to be released back into the wild in the future, as far away from morning traffic as possible.