Bad Times for "Happy" the Sea Lion


A sea lion that had bunked down in a dairy farm in Tracy had to be euthanized over the weekend after it suffered a lengthy seizure as a result of toxic algae poisoning, Mike Martinez reports today in the Oakland Tribune. "Happy" the sea lion evidently swam pretty far inland, climbed over a levee and into a barn, where she bedded down in the dirt and cow manure. Her brain, according to a spokesman from the Marine Mammal Rescue Center, was fairly addled by that point (a feeling many of us share when we go to Tracy), although the cause was algae poisoning and not traffic through the Altamont Pass. -- Eric Simons