Gilligan the sea lion pops up by Lathrop freeways

Manteca Bulletin

“Gilligan” may have been stranded, but it looks like he’s now on his way home.

That’s the name that the multi-jurisdictional team gave to the sea lion that was discovered on Sunday along the busy freeway intersection of I-5 and I-205 just south of Lathrop – an animal that experts believe made its way onto dry land from the San Joaquin River.

Through a joint effort between the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit, the California Highway Patrol, and the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center, the adolescent male sea lion was able to be safely secured and placed in a crate where he was transported to the Bay Area for observation and potential release back into its natural habitat.

While it is unknown how the animal got to where it was discovered, a number of stories of wildlife reclaiming land and territory from across the county and the world have been grabbing plenty of attention.

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