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Sea lion recovering after muzzle surgery

on October 8, 2010

Sgt. Nevis, a 650-pound California sea lion that was shot in the face 10 months ago by a fisherman on the Sacramento River, is recovering from a 2-hour facial reconstructive surgery performed Friday morning at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, according to a statement on the Marine Mammal Center website.

The center rescued Sgt. Nevis at Knight’s Landing in Yolo County in December. The sea lion was named after Sgt. Michael Nevis, a member of Yolo County Sheriff’s Office animal services department who helped with the rescue.

The surgery was performed by Praful Ramenini, a facial reconstruction surgeon from Washington, D.C.

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