Thursday, May 21, 2009

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

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Robb noticed an article in the local news about a baby Harbor Seal that had been found by a police officer in the middle of a busy intersection, in the middle of the night, in the middle of Richmond California. The officer, no doubt charmed by the insane cuteness of the baby seal, closed the street, until staff from the Marine Mammal Center could take the animal to their rehab hospital for a looking-over.

The Marine Mammal Center is an amazing facility. You can watch the NOVA program online, and it really is moving. One really amusing thing about the work of this center is that they name the animals (many rehab centers do not, in the spirit of reminding everyone that the animals are wild, and not pets). On the NOVA program, the staff were going through a phase of naming the animals "Your Mother" and "Your Sister," as in "Your Mother has been eating tons of squid and is getting nice and fat."

The seal found last night was named "Moody," in honor of a police officer who died in the line of duty.

Robb and I frequently see Harbor Seals around the Richmond Marina. We just love their curious puppy-dog eyes.

I was interested to read that during pupping season, many people see baby seals resting on the beaches, and assume that because their mothers are not nearby, they must be orphaned. The little ones get separated from their moms, and do not get the care and feeding that they need. Here's a little film that the Marine Mammal Center produced, reminding people to leave baby seals alone.


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1 comment:

Mama Bear said...

Oh, I LOVE that clip! Hilarious!!

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