unusual suffering
no one knows
to rescue

– slippery rescue –

you could tell
it’s not often
it’s not always a happy ending
there is no way to guess

rest, recuperate, care
look forward
a second chance



for Izy’s Erasure Out of Standard prompt in the imaginary garden with real toads

The original news report:

Injured Sea Lion Beats the Odds

An unusual patient is recovering at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center: an adult sea lion suffering from great white-shark bite wounds and malnourishment.

No one knows how long the sea lion was swimming in the waters off Emerald Bay before a beachgoer called the center on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to rescue the animal stranded on the rocks.

The slippery footholds made the rescue that much more challenging for the team, led by animal care supervisor Dean Gomersall.

Even so they quickly and successfully captured the injured animal, according to animal care director, Michele Hunter.

The team, who get naming rights, safely transported Bruce back to the center’s Laguna Canyon rehabilitation center for evaluation and treatment. “As soon as Bruce arrived, I could see huge bite wounds underneath his right front flipper and left chest area. You could tell from the size and pattern of the marks, that it points to a great white,” Hunter said.

It’s not often that we see animals inflicted with severe bite wounds, and when we do, it’s not

Visible teeth marks around Bruce's flipper.

Visible teeth marks around Bruce’s flipper.

always a happy ending. But so far, so good! Bruce is certainly proving to be almighty!”

Bruce could have been attacked thousands of miles from Orange County and there is no way to guess where he may have encountered the shark, said the center’s development director, Melissa Sciacca.

The animal was severely malnourished, probably unable to hunt due to his wounds,” she said. “Sea lions will typically come ashore when they’re exhausted or injured to rest and try to recuperate,” she added.

In the two weeks under the center’s care, Bruce has progressed well and is expected to be returned to the ocean after his injuries have sufficiently healed and staff veterinarian Dr. Richard Evans approves his release.

“Bruce has certainly beaten the odds, and we look forward to sending him home again for a second chance at life,” said Executive Director Keith Matassa.”We encourage the community to come visit us and see this remarkable animal.”

20 thoughts on “rescue

  1. Ouch, poor Bruce. I liked your poem, rather abstract to me. It made me think of Mrs. Jim and I talking this afternoon about us skiing down a black slope. She got stuck in the side fence and the ranger helped her, me too, to the “Yellow Brick Rode,” a service road that was quite skiable.


  2. It is only seldom that someone rescues you from your suffering… Heart-felt writing. If there is that second chance, may be things would turn out better.
    And I guess, Bruce would agree. He was rescued and now he is recovering. That is a good news.🙂


  3. !! Wow. We had a deer trapped in the ice. Couldn’t get up and over – it wasn’t’ deep, just cold. A labrador was circling it, wagon its tail. (silly hunting dog). They cut through ice and “boated” to it, actually walked a few steps but it was too late. A whole morning for an area over-populated with deer.


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