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.
- Age at Admit
- Weight at Admit
- 33.50 kgs
- Rockaway Beach (Rockaway Beach Ave) - Pacifica, San Mateo
- Malnutrition, Dermatopathy
- Release Date
- Release Location
- Chimney Rock - Point Reyes National Seashore
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