Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska SeaLife Center's Wildlife Response Program helped rescue six harbor seal pups in the past month.
The ASL reported that five of the pups were found stranded in the Cook Inlet area. One pup was found on June 15 in Juneau.
All of the seals were malnourished and dehydrated.
The pups are in similar stages of recovery.
The goal is to increase their weight, boost their immune systems, and then teach them to fish before they can be released back into the wild.
Since interns and volunteers could not come to ASLC this summer due to COVID-19, the core Wildlife Response Team is working long hours to care for these six new seal patients and an adult sea otter. “Taking care of six young pups all needing to be tube-fed is a lot of hard work especially with our reduced staffing, but it’s rewarding. We've adapted to COVID-19 restrictions by using staff from other departments instead of hiring seasonal interns and coming up with more efficient ways to manage animal care,” states Dr. Carrie Goertz, Director of Animal Health.
To learn more about the facility and their mission visit www.alaskasealife.org.