Featured Image Credit: Alaska SeaLife Center
By: Sarah Sharkey
The Alaska SeaLife Center recently rescued two very young pups in need of help.
The first rescue was a female harbor seal that was found on May 10th in Homer. The center thinks that she was separated from her mother in a drastic tide event. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers brought the young seal to the center and her physical condition was assessed. According to the center, she is a good candidate to be released back into the wild.
The second rescue was of a sea otter pup. A boater spotted her floating in the middle of Prince William Sound by herself. The boater heard the young pup screaming and came to her rescue after determining that there were no other sea otters in the area. They were especially concerned when the pup went face down in the water, at that point they felt they had to bring her aboard or watch her drown. The center diagnosed her with pneumonia caused by inhaling sea water. Even with this condition, vets are saying the young pup seems strong.
These two rescues worked out very well for the animals involved. However, in general, it is usually best to avoid interfering with animals in the wild. If you feel that an animal is in distress call for assistance before you decide to intervene.
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