San Diego Hotels: How Did Sea Lion Turn Up Lounging On Chair At Pantai Inn Courtyard?

By Jason Van Ho on March 29, 2013 4:33 PM EDT

Sea Lion
Although sea lions belong in the ocean, it's not uncommon to see them among humans. (Photo: Creative Commons)

In San Diego hotels news, a female sea lion was spotted on Tuesday morning lounging on a chair in a courtyard at the Pantai Inn, an all-suite hotel in La Jolla, Calif., an affluent neighborhood in north San Diego, according to reports.

"I received an email while I was getting ready for work stating that we had a baby sea lion in our courtyard," hotel manager Shane Pappas told ABC News. "I called and said, 'What are you talking about?'"

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Surveillance video showed that the sea lion from the Pacific Ocean slithered up stairs to reach the road from the beach and then crossed the road until finally finding its way into the courtyard. Despite all that work, the sea lion was eventually removed from the lounge chair by SeaWorld officials who took it to its Animal Care Complex a few miles south so it can be rehydrated and eventually released back into the wild, according to KGTV-TV.

In spring 2010, a sea lion stuck under a car in San Diego was rescued. At the time, SeaWorld senior animal care specialist Kevin Robinson told AOL News that it's not uncommon for young sea lions to pop up in peculiar places.

"Usually, we rescue the seals from backyards and public restrooms or they swim up the San Diego River," said Robinson.

While it's weird to find a sea lion lounging on a pool chair, Robinson said his most bizarre rescue occurred in 2009 after one baby sea lion managed to cross a field, a shopping center and four lanes of traffic before rescuers caught him in the parking lot of a Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant.

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