The rescue team said the sea lion, nicknamed Freeway, after being rescued from Route 94 in downtown San Diego on Jan. 7, returned to SeaWorld’s care after falling in a manhole under the National City Bridge had been discovered.
May 16 (News) – SeaWorld Rescue in San Diego said a sea lion that made headlines for blocking a freeway in January is being behaviorally analyzed after being rescued from a manhole.
Rescuers said the storm drain returned Freeway to the same spot where he was rescued in January.
Freeway was previously saved when he was found on Harbor Island Drive in San Diego in November 2021.
According to SeaWorld, Freeway is currently undergoing a behavioral analysis with veterinarians and marine experts to determine why the animal, estimated to be 10 to 13 years old, continues to migrate inland.
“We want him to be in a safe situation,” SeaWorld rescue team supervisor Jeni Smith told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We want to do what is best for the sea lion. At the moment we’re trying to figure out what his plan is as he’s been rescued three times from unsafe situations.”