Everyone rebels when they reach a certain age - and the sea lion pup Mendocino County sheriff's deputies discovered wandering along a California highway at 1 a.m. last Sunday is no exception.
"When they first saw it, they weren't sure what they saw. Once they saw what it was, they were nervous to get close," the deputies' commanding officer, Greg Stefani, told The Dodo.
But the sea lion turned out to be friendly - and lucky. "Due to the darkness and the dense fog the animal was very difficult to see and would have certainly been struck by a vehicle if the deputies had not stopped," sergeant Dustin Lorenzo said in a report.
Thirty inches long and about 20 pounds, the California sea lion pup waddled a quarter mile from his ocean home, according to the report. "Extremely friendly" with the deputies, the sea lion didn't disclose much about what he was doing there, but just rubbed against the legs of law enforcement, as they tried to figure out what, exactly, to do with him.