Officials say that an emaciated sea lion yearling that was probably looking for food was rescued along a major San Francisco boulevard, more than 1,000 feet from the ocean.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the young male pinniped had dragged himself uphill, through shrubbery and over the busy road before being discovered Wednesday by two motorists on the side of Skyline Boulevard.

A park ranger driving through the area stopped to help and took the animal to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where the ranger named him "Percevero," which mean perseverance in Latin.

Officials say the sea lion weighs 28 pounds instead of a normal 80 pounds.

Hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups and yearlings are turning up on California beaches. But wildlife officials say it remains unclear what's separating the animals, who should be nursing, from their mothers.