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Fishermen Find Lost Baby Walrus, Now Safe at SeaLife Center

Fishermen Find Lost Baby Walrus, Now Safe at SeaLife Center

Like many sea mammals, baby walruses have a deep tactile connection with their moms who offer them both nourshiment and protection during the early years of their lives. But every once in a while, something goes wrong, and the little ones become separated from their natural mothers.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is currently rehabilitating one such baby, a male Pacific walrus calf that was stranded near Barrow last month. The calf, estimated at four to six weeks old when found, was spotted by local fishermen who came across the calf in North Salt Lagoon. A large group of walruses were sighted passing Barrow on floating ice a few days earlier and the calf is presumed to have been separated from this group.

After a period of observation and approval from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), staff of the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management facilitated the rescue. Two Center staff traveled to Barrow to evaluate the animal, already under the watchful eye of a local veterinarian. Air transportation from Barrow to Anchorage for the 200 pound animal was provided by Northern Air Cargo (NAC) before transferring the walrus to a specially-equipped truck for the 125 mile trip to Seward where rehabiliation will take place. The video below offers a rare look at the emotional needs of this exquisite young walrus.  There is every expectation that he will grow up strong and return to his home waters.

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3:18PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

The baby walrus is so adorable! Thank you & God bless you all.

7:55PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

He's so cute.

5:11PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

good thing he wasn't picked up by Canadians or Japanese.. they would slaughter him.

12:09PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

aawwwww he is SO CUTE!

7:51AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Very nice story, helps a lot after all the ugly stories I read today

4:12PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Oh my what a tender creature, he´s in really need of love and caress, poor baby, thanks for taking care of hiim

1:54PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

How sweet. It's so cute. I hope it thrives and can be returned to the wild.

2:34AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012


6:57PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Poor baby! Thanks for taking care of him.

5:46PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Very touching story...

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