SeaWorld’s rescue team Tuesday rescued an ailing sea lion pup seen “lounging” in the patio of a La Jolla hotel.
Well, this very sea lion definitely has some taste for luxury, or perhaps it got just a bit confused, made its way out of the Pacific Ocean, up a beach and across a road before finding itself poolside at a California hotel.
The sea lion was spotted Tuesday morning lounging in a chair at the Pantai Inn, an all-suite hotel in La Jolla, Calif., which surprised hotel manager Shane Pappas.
“I received an email while I was getting ready for work stating that we had a baby sea lion in our courtyard,” Pappas told ABC News. “I called and said, ‘What are you talking about?’”
Pappas had reason to be surprised because the hotel is located across the street from the beach, meaning the pup had to slither up stairs to reach the road from the beach, then cross the road and then find its way into the courtyard.
When Pappas arrived at the hotel, he found the front desk attendant frantically calling officials from SeaWorld in nearby San Diego to come help, and the pup enjoying her poolside perch.
“The sea lion was sleeping on our chair in the courtyard and looking pretty relaxed,” he said.
According to the surveillance video, the sea lion had quite a trek making it from the ocean to the hotel, slithering up stairs to reach the road from the beach, then crossing the road and then finding its way into the courtyard.
SeaWorld official was called for rescue. After his arrival an hour later, he and Pappas scooped her into a net and loaded her into a SeaWorld truck.
“We had to stop for photo ops and the SeaWorld official did a Q&A with the kids staying on the property,” he said.
The female pup was taken to SeaWorld’s Animal Care Complex and was fed through a tube and given rehydration fluids, SeaWorld officials said.
The pup will be examined once she has stabilized, SeaWorld officials said.
Now that the sea lion’s 15 minutes of fame have wound down, she will stay under the care of SeaWorld for the next six weeks to ensure she is in good health before being returned to the sea.
“We have a lot of seagulls and an osprey who visits but, outside of that, no, we’ve never had anything like this,” Pappas said. “It was pretty unique.”
Around this time of year, it’s not uncommon for young sea lions to pop up in peculiar places, according to SeaWorld senior animal care specialist Kevin Robinson.
“Usually, we rescue the seals from backyards and public restrooms or they swim up the San Diego River,” Robinson told AOL News in 2010, after rescuing a sea lion stuck under a car.
It’s strange to find a sea lion lounging on a pool chair, but Robinson’s most bizarre rescue occurred in 2009 after one sea lion pup 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, say the Huff Post.