- Becerra is president and CEO of the Marine Mammal Care Center in southern California. She met Bjorn two years ago, after he was rescued from the beaches of LA. He was in really bad shape. He was critically wounded and starving. After running tests, Becerra’s staff discovered bullet fragments in Bjorn’s skull that likely caused his visual impairment.
“This poor little guy had been shot in the head, obviously was struggling to hunt and survive on his own in the wild so he became emaciated,” Becerra said. “And then also got a shark bite as well before he came into our facility.”
Becerra and her staff knew Bjorn could never survive on his own in the wild. So, while they nursed him back to health, they started searching for Bjorn’s forever home.
That’s a tall order for an adult male sea lion.