Throwback Thursday: Animal Rescue’s First Patient

On January 28, 1991, an injured male harbor seal from Fort Story, Virginia became the first patient admitted to the National Aquarium for rehabilitation.

Published January 28, 2016

The seal had sustained an injury to his left front flipper and abdomen that required medical attention. Upon admittance, the juvenile seal was emaciated and dehydrated, but eagerly began eating on the second day of rehab. 

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After 10 weeks of rehabilitation, the seal had gained over 35 pounds and was ready for release. Staff traveled to Plymouth, Massachusetts on April 15, 1991 and celebrated the release of the first patient to be rehabilitated by the National Aquarium! 

A Historic Year

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue program. In celebration of this milestone, we’ll be sharing highlights of our work over the last two decades! 

Stay tuned for more stories from our team!

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