Experts believe the yearling climbed up on a rock several days ago and got stuck, appearing thin and bony upon discovery. Rescuers said the lion has a medical issue that has yet to be diagnosed.
Residents became concerned after they realized the sea lion never left, so they called a local rescue organization for help. They responded Tuesday and successfully rescued the pup with no major injuries.
"He'll likely spend New Year's recovering at a hospital. But at least this Christmas, he got the gift of a second chance," said Jeff Hall of the California Wildlife Center.
Hall joked that the mammals are unaware of the holidays, so luckily the rescuers are there 365 days a year to help.