Shot Sea Lion on the Mend

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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Shot Sea Lion on the Mend

KCRA

A sea lion suffering from a gunshot wound remained in stable condition at a Bay Area rescue facility after it was rescued over the weekend in Knights Landing in the Central Valley.

The 358-pound animal, originally dubbed Sammy but since renamed Sgt. Nevis, is receiving treatment at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. He was the subject of a widespread search after he was found injured along the Sacramento River last month.

Jim Oswald, a representative of the center, said officials on Sunday gave the sea lion anesthesia and administered antibiotics.

Oswald said the stressed-out sea lion is still not eating.

Biologists will continue to hydrate the animal. Sea lions normally get their hydration from the foods they eat, but since Sgt. Nevis isn't eating, officials have to physically administer fluids.

Sgt. Nevis was captured on Saturday. There is no word on how long the recovery process will take.

Fisherman Larry Legans was earlier arrested, accused of shooting the sea lion. He faces a charge of animal cruelty.

This article originally appeared on KCRA.com.

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