Just days old and with no mother in sight, Astro, a Steller sea lion pup, was spotted by a researcher at Año Nuevo Island, rescued and admitted to the Center. Astro was very young, so volunteers had to bottle-feed him a nutrient-rich formula made of ground fish, salmon oil, water, and milk. Over time he was introduced to whole fish - an education process for our pup patients that we call "Fish School."
Astro graduated fish school with flying colors and after ten months of care at the Center, he was strong enough to go back out in to the ocean. However, despite everyone’s efforts, Astro had habituated to humans and had to be rescued again. After two releases – and two returns to human populated areas – Astro was given a new home at The Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut where he now happily resides.
The Center helps many endangered and threatened species in order to help the greater populations thrive in the wild.
Adopting Astro as a gift? Need it sooner than a week? Not to worry - you will also receive a link to a printable, temporary certificate you can present to the recipient.