Rescued Seal Sent From NJ to New Mexico Zoo
FedEx has delivered an unusual package to Albuquerque: a partially paralyzed wild grey seal.
The seal was brought to Albuquerque's zoo Wednesday night from New Jersey, where it was rescued in March by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.
Zoo veterinarian Ralph Zimmerman says experts don't know what happened to the seal, although he does have a big scar on the back of his head. He says the seal has developed a lot of strength in his upper body and front flippers, so he will be functional in the zoo's 350,000-gallon seal and sea lion pool. But he says he never would survived in the wild.
The 100-pound, 6- to 8-month-old seal is in quarantine for about a month.
The zoo says it will hold a contest to name for him.
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