An adorable rescued harp seal called Stuart Little has found a new home at Baltimore’s National Aquarium. The seal pup was picked up from Ocean city earlier this month.
Before Stuart arrived at the aquarium, rescuers found him eating sand on the beach. Naturally, it caused a lot of damage to Stuart’s digestive system. According to the Aquarium’s Press Release, seals eating sand and rocks is a sign of stress and dehydration.
“Harp seals typically eat ice for hydration during periods when they don’t have access to food,” Director of National Aquarium Animal Rescue Jennifer Dittmar said.
“When they move south into areas where there isn’t ice, they maintain this behavior and can eat whatever is around them,” she added. “This behavior can also be a stress response.”
Helpers gave Stuart plenty of fluids immediately upon reaching the National Aquarium. Furthermore, they conducted tests on the rescued harp seal, which later revealed that the seal did not have rocks in his belly. However, the rescue seal’s recovery process will include treatment for internal parasites.
Moreover, the aquarium also mentioned that Stuart Little has full-time pool access. Furthermore, he has started eating around ten pounds of fish a day! Helpers used fluids to flush out the sand from Stuart’s body.
Thankfully, Stuart isn’t recovering alone! The aquarium also took in a 1-month-old seal named Eloise. Helpers were able to hydrate and nourish Eloise through an oral feeding tube.
The aquarium also successfully rehabilitated an adorable seal Pipi Longstocking. This rescue seal was released back into the ocean after nine months.
The National Aquarium’s animal rescue program is responsible for saving animals along the Maryland coastline, which runs nearly 3190 miles! Luckily, the aquarium can work with partners through the Greater Atlantic region to rescue animals.
To support their cause, you can visit the National Aquariums website!