- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - An abandoned harbor seal pup that narrowly avoided death by seagull was returned to the wild off a Kodiak Island beach.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror (https://bit.ly/1s9cupK) reports the seal was released Wednesday by representatives of the Alaska SeaLife Center.

A kayaker in June spotted the seal on an island in Kalsin Bay. Gulls were pecking at the 4-day-old pup, which still had its umbilical cord attached.

The SeaLife Center’s Halley Werner says the pup would not have survived. It was skinny, dehydrated and wounded when it reached the center in Seward.

The seal was treated with antibiotics and fed formula until it could eat fish. In mid-summer, it was placed in pools with other seals to learn how to compete for food.

The seal grew from 25 to 57 pounds.


Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, https://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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