^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 617.566.7369 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sun, 2 Feb 97 03:51:00 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Baby seal lost in North Caroli Baby seal lost in North Carolina MANTEO, N.C., Jan. 30 (UPI S) -- Veterinarians at the North Carolina State Aquarium say a baby seal found on a beach near the Virginia state line is doing well and they expect to be able to release him into the wild soon. Officials say the seal appears to be in good health, but is so young the weaning process is not yet complete and he will not be released until he can eat on his own. Frank Hudgins, curator at the aquarium, said today (Thursday) the 47- pound male seal, who has not been named, is being force fed with a souplike mixture of ground fish. He said, "Hopefully, it will get tired of being force fed and start eating on its own. I would hope it would be a matter of a few days before it is released." The seal was discovered on Corolla Beach on North Carolina's outer banks near the state line late Sunday. Hudgins said it is not unusual to find a seal that far south on the Atlantic Coast, and aquarium veterinarians and others deal with about four or five a year. He said, "Usually when we have a seal incident it is injured, but this one is not injured at all. It was probably just lost." Steve Busack of the North Carolina State Museum in Raleigh, N.C., said there was the possibility the seal was being transported and escaped or that someone had bought the seal had released it. He said seals are well equipped to defend themselves from predators, including dogs.