CRIME

Sea lion impaled with spear dies at SeaWorld after rescue last week; animal had infection

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, a giant sea lion, nicknamed Bubba, swims in a recovery pool at SeaWorld San Diego's animal rescue center in San Diego. Bubba, who was found impaled by a homemade spear in May, died Wednesday, June 3, after going into cardiac arrest during an exam. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, a giant sea lion, nicknamed Bubba, swims in a recovery pool at SeaWorld San Diego's animal rescue center in San Diego. Bubba, who was found impaled by a homemade spear in May, died Wednesday, June 3, after going into cardiac arrest during an exam. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, Keith Yip, curator of mammals at SeaWorld San Diego, holds the homemade spear he found impaled to a giant sea lion, nicknamed Bubba, at the facility's animal rescue center, in San Diego. Bubba died Wednesday, June 3, after going into cardiac arrest during an exam. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, Keith Yip, curator of mammals at SeaWorld San Diego, holds the homemade spear he found impaled to a giant sea lion, nicknamed Bubba, at the facility's animal rescue center, in San Diego. Bubba died Wednesday, June 3, after going into cardiac arrest during an exam. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, a giant sea lion, nicknamed Bubba, swims in a recovery pool at SeaWorld San Diego's animal rescue center in San Diego. Bubba, who was found impaled by a homemade spear in May, died Wednesday, June 3, after going into cardiac arrest during an exam. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, a giant sea lion, nicknamed Bubba, swims in a recovery pool at SeaWorld San Diego's animal rescue center in San Diego. Bubba, who was found impaled by a homemade spear in May, died Wednesday, June 3, after going into cardiac arrest during an exam. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)  (The Associated Press)

A giant sea lion found impaled by a homemade spear last week has died after being rescued and sent to SeaWorld San Diego for treatment.

The marine park tells the San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ARgQqk ) that the sea lion nicknamed Bubba refused to eat fish when offered and became increasingly lethargic.

SeaWorld spokeswoman Jennicca ?Taylor says he went into cardiac arrest during an exam Wednesday and died. Taylor says a necropsy indicates a chronic infection, inflammation and low glucose.

When found, veterinarians discovered the blade was so deeply embedded that it had to be cut out with a scalpel. Officials say it appears Bubba, who was estimated to weigh more than 600 pounds, was intentionally stabbed.

The metal spear was taken as evidence. Harming a sea lion is a federal offense.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com