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Front-facing picture of a Northern Fur Seal.
Sample certificate of adoption with patient's photo and story in top half, certificate of adoption in bottom half.
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Adopt-a-Seal® Flappy - Exclusive Digital Download!

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2021 Patient of the Year Nominee

Northern fur seal pup Flappy was only 4 months old when she was found weak, malnourished and with her mother nowhere in sight. Northern fur seals like Flappy spend most of their lives in the open ocean and rarely come to shore except for when they are sick or injured.

Thankfully, Flappy was safely transported to our hospital. Weighing about 14 pounds upon admit (that’s barely more than what she would have weighed at birth!), Flappy was in desperate need of care.

At first, she was housed in our Intensive Care Unit, an area meant for our most vulnerable patients with special features like heated floors. Once Flappy regained some of her strength, she moved to a housing area with a pool where she was able to swim and practice catching whole fish on her own.

It wasn’t long before Flappy had transformed from a skinny pup to a fur seal ready for a second chance at life in her ocean home.

Adoption Details

This is an exclusive digital-only Adopt-a-Seal®. When you adopt this patient, you’ll automatically be able to download your adoption certificate, which shares this patient's photo and story on the first page and a blank certificate of adoption on the second. 

Download your digital Adopt-a-Seal® today!

Please note that this is a non-customizable, download-only certificate. To view patients available with personalized physical certificates, please see our Adopt-a-Seal Certificates section.