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Why Did The Sea Lion Cross The Road?

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

A visitor strolled around San Diego this week, and the locals looked out for her. A female sea lion waddled ashore - I hope that's no insult - from Fisherman's Landing to Rosencrans Street - about two blocks. When she got to an intersection, bystanders waved traffic around her. Two men took some green netting from their truck to halt traffic. No one objected. How wise for the sea lion to come ashore in San Diego, not New York. The sea lion was acting like a little dog, belly up, said Angel De La Paz who works at the Sand 'n' Sea liquor store. It was as if it was putting on a show. A crew from SeaWorld came to the scene and cajoled her into nets. She is reportedly doing well at SeaWorld's rescue center and will soon return to the ocean from when she came. But it sounds like she leaves a lot of memories with landlubbers who protected her. The Los Angeles Times says the seal basked in sunlight while bystanders serenaded her with "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "KISS FROM A ROSE")

SEAL: (Singing) Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray. Ooh, the more I get off you, the stranger it feels. Yeah. Now, that your rose is in bloom, a light hits the gloom on the gray. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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