The young California sea lion that came to Miller Park Zoo less than two months ago has died, zoo officials announced Monday.
"Cali" arrived at the zoo April 8 as part of the Species Survival Plan, designed to build up the captive population of animals. Cali, about 1 year old, had been stranded as a pup and was rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., before coming to Bloomington.
The cause of the sea lion's death was not immediately known. A necropsy, similar to a human autopsy, is planned.
The zoo's remaining sea lion is Gremlin, an 8-year-old who has been at the zoo since 2004.
A sea lion named Cathy died last July after living at the zoo since 1994. She was 17 and sea lions in captivity generally live to about 19, zoo officials said at the time.
Despite the name, California sea lions range all along the Pacific Coast, from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Baja, Mexico. In recent years sea lion deaths along the West Coast have hit record numbers.