Blind California sea lion coming to Hogle Zoo

Apr 20 2012 - 1:59pm

LOS ANGELES -- It took a few months to treat a blind sea lion found injured on a Southern California Beach. It took two years to find Big Guy a home.

Handlers at the Marine Mammal Care Center will drive the 700-plus-pound sea lion to Hogle Zoo in Utah this weekend.

He and a partially blind companion will share an $18 million habitat called Rocky Shores with other sea creatures, bears and eagles.

Big Guy has been taking up room needed for other animals, but caretakers repeatedly put off euthanasia as they searched for a home. Center director David Bard says Big Guy is gentle, graceful, likes people and animals and deserved a home.

 

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