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Front profile of elephant seal pup with reddish fur.

Adopt-a-Seal® Weasley

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2019 Patient of the Year Nominee

Northern elephant seal pups are born with black coats of fur that are shed for a sleek, silvery-gray coat once they’ve weaned from their mother. So our team was quite intrigued when a pup arrived sporting a unique reddish coat! He was named Weasley, after the famous fictional wizarding family of similar coloring.

Weasley was admitted severely malnourished and well under birth weight. Our dedicated animal care team tube-fed him nutritious fish smoothies and coached him through fish school. Thanks to their magical efforts, he learned how to eat whole fish on his own and compete with other animals while more than doubling his admit weight.

Weasley’s mysterious hue could have been a sun-bleached black coat, though our experts weren’t able to find a definitive reason. He eventually molted his reddish coat and was released back into his ocean home with the skill set needed to survive in the wild with his fellow silvery seals.

Adoption Details

When you adopt this past patient, you'll receive a personalized 7in. x 5in. physical adoption certificate with the animal's photo and story on the back. Your symbolic adoption will make a difference in the lives of current and future patients.

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This is a physical product that will be mailed to you and does not come with a digital certificate. For downloadable Adopt-a-Seal® options, visit our Digital Downloads page!