Authorities to euthanise sick Australian sea lion at Geraldton

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The sick Australian sea lion.
Camera IconThe sick Australian sea lion. Credit: Gavin Box, Midwest Times

Wildlife authorities were tonight making preparations to euthanise a sick Australian sea lion at a Geraldton beach.

Three officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Parks and Wildlife) tonight carried the animal from the water to the beach at the Beresford foreshore, after receiving a report it was in distress.

Authorities had been monitoring the animal, part of a colony off Geraldton, for about a week.

Although it had no obvious injuries, advice today from Perth Zoo veterinary staff was that the sub-adult male, estimated at 1.6 metres long and weighing about 150 kg, would not recover.

Officers then made the decision to euthanise the animal, taking into account its prognosis and the possibility of interactions with dogs or people at the popular beach.

People are urged to keep away from sea lions to avoid risk of injury.

Sea lions are carnivores and can carry diseases such as tuberculosis and giardia.

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