The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre says a California sea lion is recovering after he was shot in the face last week.
It’s believed that the sea lion’s injuries came from a small-calibre gun on Spanish Banks; it’s believed he was shot at least two times with bullets shattering his teeth and blinding him.
“The injuries he sustained at the hands of humans left him in pain and unable to forage on his own. We’re happy we can ease his suffering, but he has a long road to recovery ahead,” says Vancouver Aquarium head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena in a release.
The sea lion was found on May 5, lethargic and emaciated; team members have named him Señor Cinco.
“We’re looking at him having been shot several weeks, maybe up to a month before we got to him, so this animal has been suffering and starving away for several weeks,” Haulena says.