Feed a Rescued Marine Mammal
April 2013: PMMC Declares State of Emergency
Help save baby sea lions.
This spring, more than 1,000 malnourished sea lion pups have been found stranded on beaches across California. Though scientists have not yet settled on a root cause, low fish stocks are likely to be part of the problem. NOAA reports that the number of stranded sea lion pups is about three times normal levels, and has declared this crisis an "unusual mortality event." Rehabilitation centers are flooded.
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is no exception. Based in Laguna Beach, California, PMMC has declared a state of emergency, taking in an unprecedented number of stranded and starving pups. By early April, the group was caring for 151 patients. These animals are severely malnourished and dehydrated, and will require intensive care for 2-4 months before they can safely be released.
The expenditure of resources for food, medicine, medical staff, space, and transportation to and from the beaches is staggering. Your donation during this critical time can make an incredible difference to the lives of these baby sea lions, and result directly in happy endings like the one in the video below.
Please donate to help PMMC and these pups. Just $15 provides food for a pup for one day, bringing it a step closer to health and a return to its wild home.
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