Kaley Cuoco called a wildlife rescue org to save a sea lion pup on Thanksgiving


Kaley Cuoco and her new husband, Karl Cook, are definitely animal lovers. They met due to their shared hobby of horseback riding and they also have dogs and at least one rabbit. On Thanksgiving day while celebrating with Karl’s family, they found an abandoned sea lion pup in distress. They did the right thing and called a sealife rescue organization which sent an entire team to save the seal! That was smart actually as they could have caused more problems for the seal if they tried to capture and deliver it themselves. We know about this because Kaley posted to social media about it. Here’s Kaley’s post, including video of all the people who showed up. Unfortunately they could not rescue the seal that night, more on that in a moment.

There was a big saga with this sea lion as the volunteers were unable to rescue the pup that evening as it was too dangerous at night on the rocks. Along with alerting people on the beach they came the next day to search and found the baby sea lion a full seven miles away. Here’s the wildlife organization, cimwi’s initial post and then their followup with the good news. Use the arrows on the second post bwloe for more photos.

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A California sea lion pup nestled in the rocks at Carpinteria State Beach caught the attention of Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” yesterday as the sun was setting. She called CIMWI’s Rescue Hotline and some of our volunteers quickly arrived to asses the animal. The pup was emaciated and lethargic and needed medical intervention. Unfortunately it was not safe for CIMWI to attempt a rescue due to lack of daylight. Beachgoers promised to go look for the pup in the morning and call our Hotline if it was there. We also sent a volunteer to look for the animal this morning but it was not there. We have CIMWI volunteers on the ready to respond should the pup show back up on the beach as well as to respond to any other reports of stranded marine mammals in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Check out Kaley’s Instagram post at #kaleycuoco and the HuffPost article with a CIMWI update at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kaley-cuoco-seal-thanksgiving_us_5bf820e9e4b03b230fa13467?699 #cimwi

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Exciting news! CIMWI rescued the California sea lion pup that Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Bang Theory" has made famous… he's #99, CIMWI's 99th patient of 2018. Caring beachgoers from yesterday and CIMWI volunteers searched for the pup at Carpinteria State Beach this morning, but only saw rough seas. Then the pup showed up at Mussel Shoals which is about 7 miles south of Carpinteria State Beach where the animal was spotted late yesterday. Once again the pup had found refuge on the rocks. CIMWI was able to safely rescue this little pup and transport it for care. #99 is a male California sea lion pup that is very underweight, he only weighs 26 pounds. Most California sea lion pups are born in June and July with high concentrations born mid-June and June 15th is referred to as the California sea lion's birth date. Pups weigh 13-20 pounds at birth and they nurse for at least 5 to 6 months and sometimes it can be for over a year. #99 is most likely a newly weaned pup that is not adept at foraging for fish on his own. CIMWI will provide medical and rehabilitation care for the this pup with the goal of returning him back to the wild after he gains back his health and the extra weight to jump start his reintroduction to his natural habitat. If you encounter a marine mammal that needs help in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties, please call CIMWI's Rescue Hotline (805) 567-1505 and follow these 4 steps http://cimwi.org/how-to-help-a-stranded-marine-mammal/ #CIMWI #kaleycuoco #SecondChanceAtLife #SeaLionRescue #GettingExtraHelpToThriveInTheWild #Thanksgiving #SavingMarineMammals

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Here’s Kaley’s post, she named the sea lion Sandy!

We mostly see videos of sea lions looking adorable but they have a very difficult life and pups have to quickly learn to find food or they will end up starving like poor Sandy. I saw a PBS Nature special on sea otters years ago and while they’re different creatures (yes I had to look this up) sea lions also have to be taught by their mothers to hunt and consume large amounts of fish like the otters. Many of them die after weaning as they’re unable to fend for themselves. Thank goodness there are people who will take the time to help animals, even on holidays.

Also, wouldn’t you like to see Kaley get her own TV show where she highlights animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations? I think this should be her next project now that BBT is ending. Her dogs, horses, other pets and hot husband could be featured too!

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  1. Sam the Pink says:

    I sometimes disagree with Kaley on some stuff (like her pit bull advocacy) but she is very sincere in her love of animals and her charity work. She’s also a vegetarian, which at least makes her consistent. I’m glad they found the poor little guy! (And they are correct – people should never try to rescue them themselves – it can actually be illegal to do so in a lot of places. I know people who have found that out the hard way).

    • Léna says:

      Out of curiosity why do you disagree with her loving pitbulls?
      If raised correctly (like any dog) they are the sweetest (coming from someone who only had interactions with pitbulls on the streets).

      • Sam the Pink says:

        Her advocacy falls into the “oh, they are the sweetest dogs” type. Which, while I understand, does the dogs (and humans) a disservice.

        Pit bulls are not for everyone. They are very strong and can have a strong urge to dominate. They are also well-known for high prey drives, which can result in them going after smaller animals. They are not for inexperienced owners. They need strong guidance, consistent training and discipline to really thrive.

        I would strongly advise you to read this post by Tia Torres, who is a pit bull expert and rescuer. She loves the breed, but is very honest that they are a specialized type of dog that is not for everyone. Kaley’s advocacy for them is noble, but does not help in the long run by encouraging adoptions that may not be a good idea.

        https://m.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150298800276143.330597.172286261142&type=3

      • Léna says:

        Will read ! Thank you for the explanation.

      • notthisagain says:

        Sam the Pink
        Thank you for this, which is my sentiment exactly I am a dog lover myself but not everyone can and should own a pit bull especially if you are not Alpha and have the time to consistently put in the work
        Every time this topic comes upon this site the Pollyanna ” My pitty is the sweetest wouldn’t hurt a fly etc” comments irk my soul incidentally these are the famous utterances by many a pet owner after same sweet dog mauls someone

      • petee says:

        I have had a lot of pet’s in my life I can only go by my experience’s.My last dog was a Brindle Pit.She was the most wonderful dog I ever had.She died almost three years ago this coming March.There is not one day I don’t miss her and yes I still cry over her at time’s.The only time I was bit by a dog was last year by a friends standard poodle.

  2. OriginalLala says:

    I would totally be up for a show that highlights the amazing (and very difficult) work of rescuing an rehabbing animals, of all kinds – wildlife, cats, dogs, farm animals etc. It can be so rewarding but also emotionally devastating and I’d love to see people in the trenches get some air time to draw attention to what they do

  3. Esmom says:

    Poor sweet pup. I’m glad he’s in safe hands now. I enjoyed reading Kaley’s posts about the rescue. Definitely more riveting to me than her romance posts, lol.

  4. TheKenoshaKid says:

    Loose seal! Loose seal!

  5. Sportlady20 says:

    Hi there, I never comment, always read, I feel fashion isn’t my strong suit so I like to read it all and learn.
    However in this instance I have something to add. While outdoors if you encounter a baby animal, say a fawn, or a seal pup, never ever touch them. Mothers leave their babies to hunt/eat & if a human touches them they will no longer care for them. I live on the Oregon coast and this is an issue a lot, this is how babies are abandoned. Just thought I’d mention that.

    • margie says:

      Part of this is true- mother animals do leave their animals to hunt and gather food. The scent thing, however, is untrue. If one were to pick up a bird and place it back in the nest, the mother will not care one bit about the human scent. There are human scents all around them in this world. If you can get close enough to a fawn to touch it, the fawn is likely injured and has been left by its mother because she cannot take care of it and take care of herself, and has made the hard choice to abandon it. A wild animal should never be handled, but if an animal is picked up to be saved from a cat or dog, for example, the mother will not abandon it.

  6. Sportlady20 says:

    Hi there, I never comment, always read, I feel fashion isn’t my strong suit so I like to read it all and learn.
    However in this instance I have something to add. While outdoors if you encounter a baby animal, say a fawn, or a seal pup, never ever touch them. Mothers leave their babies to hunt/eat & if a human touches them they will no longer care for them. I live on the Oregon coast and this is an issue a lot, this is how babies are abandoned. Just thought I’d mention that.

  7. Christo says:

    Kaley’s face and Natalie Dormer’s face are starting to morph into each other in my brain. Anyone else notice this?