Sea lion visits Brazilian city street, stops traffic

It's not every day pedestrians share a crosswalk with a sea lion.

That's the odd scene a crowd of onlookers were treated to in Brazil's Balneário Camboriú this weekend.

According to the country's Department of Public Safety, the daring sea lion wandered out of the ocean and waddled through the streets around 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Brazilian news outlet Folha De S. Paulo reports.

Curious pedestrians surrounded the 9-foot-long sea mammal and captured footage as it waddled from the beach down the resort town's Atlantic Avenue.

Firefighters and police, tossing water on the creature, helped the sea lion find its way back to the South Atlantic Ocean by 7 p.m.

The mammal is likely a South American sea lion, typically found along the coasts and offshore islands of the continent. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, the South American sea lion is considered a species of least concern.

While sea lions are not known to regularly leave the beach, a record-breaking number of sea lion pups have washed ashore in California recently, overwhelming area rescue centers.

Watch the sea lion use the crosswalk in the video above, and see the moment the mammal shuffled out of the water onto the Brazilian beach in the clip below.


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