Reward Offered for Blinded Sea Lion

By Mathew Luschek
|  Thursday, Jan 13, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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Reward Offered for Blinded Sea Lion

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SAUSALITO, CA - JUNE 15: A sea lion rests on the edge of a pool at the Marine Mammal Center June 15, 2009 in Sausalito, California. Scientists are baffled by a recent spike in malnourished sea lions found along the Northern California coast. The Marine Mammal Center, a non-profit marine mammal rescue and education organization, is seeing twice as many weak and malnourished Sea Lions which some think may be due to declining fish populations in the ocean. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest, and conviction of the person who shot and blinded a California sea lion found last month on a Sausalito beach, reports The Marin Independent Journal.

The sea lion is being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands, where doctors took x-rays of the blind animal.

"The X-ray images show that Silent Knight's gunshot wounds are healing, his remaining teeth are intact and healthy, and his shattered jawbone has begun to heal," said Dr. Bill Van Bonn, director of veterinary science at the center.

Named Silent Knight, the sea lion is on the road to recovery, gaining back much of its weight, and eating properly.

He will not be released back into the wild, due to his blindness, but the center is hoping a zoo or aquarium will adopt him.

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