An orphaned harbor seal was given a second chance at life after almost not making it. Sidney, a female seal pup was rescued near Abalone Point in Laguna Beach, CA.
The orphaned seal was found in February 2020 with her umbilical cord still attached. Veterinarians later confirmed that the seal was born prematurely.
The seal was brought back at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach. She was provided with constant care. Even though many staff members did their best to help, Sidney did not have the adequate skills needed to survive in the wild.
However, the PMMC was not going to give up on this seal. Along with the Maine Fisheries Service, they sent out requests to the New York Aquarium to take in the orphaned seal. Luckily, the aquarium had enough space for the pup.
Craig Piper, Interim Director of the New York Aquarium was thrilled to have Sidney on board. “We are grateful for the excellent care that the rescue team at the PMMC provided Sidney,” said Craig in a statement.
Further adding, “As New Yorkers come to see Sidney, she will be an endearing ambassador for her species and other marine life which we believe will have a positive impact on the way people think about and engage with nature.”
Currently, Sidney is living in the Sea Cliffs Exhibit at the New York Aquarium since November 2020. Moreover, she has developed quite a bond with another female harbor seal, Murphy. The two are active playmates and also love spending time together!
You can learn more about the New York Aquarium through their website and check out all the other fascinating animals they have!