November 20, 2018

Aquarium warns sea lion’s life on the line after surgery

A California sea lion rescued off the B.C. coast made it through surgery at the Vancouver Aquarium Thursday, though his vet warns “Flash� is still in critical condition.

The sea lion, named after the fishing lure that landed him in the animal hospital, had been tracked for a week by the aquarium, RCMP and Department of Fisheries and Oceans after frantic residents flooded emergency phone lines with calls about the injured animal.

A baited hook attached to a one-metre-long fishing line, a large flasher and a “hoochie� lure was found embedded in the sea lion’s esophagus, near his heart.

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