Breadstick the Sea Lion, Whose Triumphant Return To Nature Was Documented By SF Weekly, Is Back In Captivity
|Wayne Fenton and Breadstick|
Anyhow, Breadstick, who had been shot in the eye, washed up in Monterey Bay where Fenton and his visiting German wife found the creature. They eventually helped load the runty yearling into a rescue kennel, which a volunteer then transported to the Marine Mammal Center's hospital in Sausalito. There, Breadstick underwent eye removal surgery and feasted on fish smoothies until she was healthy enough to be released back into the wild.
|Breadstick's brief return to the wild|
But unfortunately, Breadstick couldn't cut it in the wild. Just 10 days after her release, volunteers discovered her up at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, where she stranded herself for the second time. "She came in weighing less than she did the first time we found her," said Marine Mammal stranding intern Enosh Baker. "But she's clearly on the up and up."
Breadstick will remain at the Marine Mammal Center until she is healthy enough to be tossed back into nature. She'll also be getting a visit from her old friend Wayne Fenton.