A 10-month-old harbor seal was found wounded on a Massachusetts beach in July and, at least for now, the animal is calling the Mystic Aquarium home.
Pup 49, who was likely attacked by an older seal, has been nurtured back to health and is now living the "good life" at Mystic Aquarium.
"The best feeling in the world was when we got her back into the water and she was trying to figure out how to swim again," said Mystic Aquarium Assistant Stranding Coordinator Skip Graf.
The female pup lost a hind flipper in the process.
"They get most of their propulsion from their rear flippers," Graf said on Friday. "Now that she's missing one, she had to compensate with her fore flippers, so she's kind of relearning how to walk.
The seal pup is named after the identification number she was given when rescued. These days she's drawing a good crowd of supporters, and Friday was no exception.
Her handlers told Eyewitness News the little pup's personality actually changed from being testy before her surgery to being more at ease with her new friends after her recovery.
There is a chance that Pup 49 could make a permanent home here at Mystic Aquarium, but that's up to a federal agency.
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