The 900-pound elephant seal that blocked traffic in Northern California last week has given birth.
On Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the birth occurred on Saturday, five days after the elephant seal first attempted to cross a busy highway near Sears Point in Sonoma County.
Rescue crews last Wednesday calmed a wayward seal that had been blocking traffic for two days by trying to cross the highway several times.
The wandering seal looked healthy and fit, but experts thought it could be pregnant.
Before the seal could be reassured, a lifeguard working on the kayak used a bullhorn to yell at the animal and attempt to shoo it back into open water. The attempt was unsuccessful.
She was not in.ju.red.
Officials said they didn’t know why the seal was so determined to escape the bay.