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Baby sea lion rescued in Malibu on Christmas

A baby sea lion sits on a rock in Malibu on Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

December 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A baby sea lion is hopefully on the way to recovery after it was rescued in Malibu on Christmas morning.

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.