From Sunlit days in the Canyon, to Winter Storms, Cranberry was there

Jan 06, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

As you probably saw on the news, Laguna Canyon was ravaged with recent winter storms. Pacific Marine Mammal Center was especially hard hit, and had to evacuate their mammals, which included Cranberry, the little seal that was rescued on Thanksgiving Day.

Right before Christmas we told you about this little seal, who found himself in the rescue center, waiting to go home. We were hoping Cranberry would make it back to the ocean for Christmas, but when the winter storm struck he was still at the Center.

But Cranberry’s luck held!

He was safely moved to the Fort Arthur Marine Mammal Center in San Pedro, along with another seal and sea lion, Corliss and Cora. Hopefully, Cranberry will get home soon. The Center evaluates the seals and they say when a seal becomes competitive for food he’s ready to be returned to the sea.

But Pacific Marine Mammal Center is not so lucky. The impact of the storm will continue well into 2011!

The Center was heavily damaged when four feet of water roared through the facility. Cleanup of mud and debris has been lengthy and difficult. Staff removed a huge amount of mud and saved 90% of the gift shop merchandise, but several pieces of major medical equipment were lost in the storm.

They have started fund-raising. You can assist, via PayPal, to replace the equipment and other materials lost in the storm.

There’s a Wish List too!

You can check the PMMC site, to see the ongoing flood relief progress to see their progress for their wish list that includes bleach, Tide detergent, Karo syrup, and black trash bags.

Sunny/storm days ahead

One day can really make a huge difference! The sun lit canyon is a welcome refuge for artists and wildlife alike, definitely worth visiting.

But the next day can literally be a wipe-out with flood conditions.

Since this is the beginning of 2011 with more storms likely, your donations will count even more than ever, to shore things up for Cranberry and all of his buddies.

Here’s to more more of our typical sunny days in the canyon, and Cranberry’s safe journey back to the sea.

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