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Seal Rescued with Stomach Full of Rocks Released by Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program

Mystic, Conn. (June 14, 2019) – Earlier this morning, beachgoers enjoyed a special experience as volunteers from Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program prepared a section of Blue Shutters Beach for the release of a young harp seal.

In late March, Seuss, a yearling male harp seal, was rescued in nearby South Kingstown, RI by the Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team. Initial concerns on his health stemmed from his thin body condition and signs of dehydration, but following the Aquarium’s routine admission exam, it was found that Seuss’ stomach was full of rocks.

Surgery was performed by Mystic Aquarium’s Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Jen Flower, where nearly three pounds of rocks were removed from the seal’s abdomen. Post-op recovery included wound care, treatment for dehydration and a diet that would help Seuss reach a healthy weight.

Following nearly three months of care, Seuss received a clean bill of health after gaining several pounds and recovering from his dehydration and surgery.

While the Aquarium’s on-site Animal Rescue Clinic is less one seal, their team continues to work around-the-clock caring for a full house – most of which being pups in need of feeds every few hours. Caring for these animals with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat comes at a cost.

That is why events like Mystic Aquarium’s Seals on the Rocks are vital to supporting the conservation of species, like our local seal populations. Taking place July 26 at Mystic Aquarium, this annual fundraiser features live music, local craft beer and wine tastings, refreshments and a silent auction – all in support of the Animal Rescue Program’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately release stranded or injured marine mammals. To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets, follow this link:

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