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Animal Rescue Update: Grey Seal Admitted

Our Animal Rescue staff is currently caring for a female juvenile grey seal nicknamed Luna.

Published June 01, 2017

Luna was admitted on May 23 after stranding in Ocean City, Maryland. She was found suffering from pneumonia and lacerations, which appeared to be bite wounds. Upon further examination, our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams determined she also needed to be treated for dehydration and a case of lungworms.

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Despite her condition, Luna is adjusting well to our rehabilitation facility, and our staff is closely monitoring her progress. Since Luna is not eating on her own yet, our staff is feeding her fish gruel through a feeding tube several times a day.

Luna joins Phil, the male harbor seal who was admitted to our rescue facility in April. Phil and Luna will remain separated in different pools during their stays in rehab, and our staff is extremely careful to prevent any cross-contamination between their spaces. luna-grey-seal-swimming

Luna’s namesake is Luna Lovegood, a character from the “Harry Potter” series. Our Animal Rescue staff picks themes when naming patients, and continued the theme established with our sea turtle patients from the fall—including Harry, Hermione and Ron—when nicknaming Luna.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates from our Animal Rescue program!

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