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Baby sea lion found on roof of four-story building in Newport Beach

April 23, 2010 |  7:04 am

How did a sea lion pup end up on the roof of a four-story Newport Beach apartment building?

That's the question officials and residents are asking after the sea lion was found Thursday morning.

Animal rescue workers have dubbed the sea lion Fiddler in honor of the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The pup apparently climbed up four flights of external stairs at an apartment triplex near Seashore Drive and 47th Street before a Newport Beach animal control officer caught him on the roof of the building about 6 a.m.

Newport Beach resident Mike Kai, 27, awoke to barking sounds coming from the roof of his West Newport apartment.

At first, Kai thought a friend who frequently wakes him up in the mornings to go and surf had climbed up on top of the roof to get a better view of the waves.

“I go throw some clothes on and walk upstairs and suddenly I’m face to face with a sea lion,” Kai told the Daily Pilot. “It doesn’t really move, it wasn’t really in a hurry to do anything, it was just kind of hanging out.”

Read the full story here.

-- Brianna Bailey reporting for the Daily Pilot

Photo: A sea lion found Thursday morning on the roof of a Newport Beach apartment building has been named Fiddler by animal rescue workers. Credit: Daily Pilot

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