Sea lion pup found on rooftop deck
Published 23/04/2010 | 08:17
A man in California was in for a surprise when he went to investigate a thumping sound on his rooftop deck - only to discover it was not one of his surfing buddies, but a wayward sea lion pup.
Mike Kai said he could not imagine how the fin-footed mammal made it up the stairs and on to the roof of the property in Newport Beach.
While Mr Kai called animal control services, the pup showed off - wiggling along a railing on his belly while two stories above the ground.
The sea lion was taken to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, where volunteers named him Fiddler, after the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Rescue staff said the pup was underweight, probably because he was recently weaned and was having trouble finding food on his own.
They added that sea lions are mobile and curious and have been found everywhere from a restaurant kitchen to a public toilet.