Trapped Sea Lion Pup Finds Forever Home at Milwaukee County Zoo
Moana, a one-year-old sea lion pup, arrived aboard a FedEx jet at her new home in Milwaukee this week.
A few months ago, Moana was found malnourished, alone and stranded in a storm drain in southern California. In need of immediate medical attention, she was rescued and treated by the animal care team at the Pacific Marine Mammal Rescue Center in Laguna Beach, Calif. Due to her young age and inability to survive on her own without her mother, Moana was deemed non-releasable by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service.
Oceans of Fun, an accredited marine mammal facility at the Milwaukee County Zoo, stepped in to assist in Moana’s rescue and provided the pup with a forever home.
Moana, Hawaiian for “from the ocean”, has been placed in a routine quarantine for 30 days at the Zoo’s Animal Health Center but is expected to be visible to the public once the quarantine period is complete and she has adjusted to her new home and friends.
Team members from Oceans of Fun travelled to California earlier this week to assist in the transport of Moana to Milwaukee. FedEx donated its shipping services and expertise to aid in the safe delivery of Moana, who was accompanied on her journey by the Oceans of Fun animal care team. FedEx supports the movement of rescued or endangered animals across the country and around the world as part of its FedEx Cares global charitable giving program.
Moana is one of more than 7,000 California sea lions that have been stranded off the coast in what the NOAA has called an Unusual Mortality Event (UME), which refers to a mass stranding of any marine animal. Oceans of Fun has provided a forever home for non-releasable animals like Moana on three other occasions.