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Alaska biologists rescue marooned walrus calf (+VIDEO)

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 27, 2012

A young male Pacific walrus calf is currently being rehabilitated at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward

The youngster was rescued on July 21 near Barrow after concerned fishermen reported the calf to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

After careful observation and approval by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the young walrus -- estimated between 4 to 6 weeks old -- was rescued by the staff at the North Slope Borough's Department of Wildlife Management and sent to the SeaLife center for recovery.

Previous to the calf's rescue, locals reported seeing a group of walruses on ice floes in the area. But it appears the group moved on, leaving the young walrus behind.

The SeaLife Center reports:

The calf appears to be in good condition; however, Center veterinarians have identified and are addressing some health concerns while performing additional diagnostic testing to better understand his condition.

The baby has not yet received an official name, but Center employees report he has an affectionate and vocal personality, often calling out when left alone.

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