Steller sea lion Smores was found alone on a beach at just a few months old. Steller sea lion pups typically spend their first year or more with their mothers as they nurse and learn vital survival skills.
At the Center, Smores was housed with many different patients. Steller sea lions are a very social species, and Smores formed a quick bond with a northern fur seal that was about 100 pounds smaller than her.
Spending time with companions of different species and ages helps Steller sea lion pups avoid habituating to humans while learning important behavior skills. Smores was protective of her pen-mates, which our veterinarians noted as a good sign that she would do well back in the wild.
After nine months of rehabilitation, Smores was released near the Farallon Islands, a marine sanctuary that is home to many other Steller sea lions.
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