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Published on Jul 27, 2012
Seward, AK (July 27, 2012) --The Alaska SeaLife Center is rehabilitating a male Pacific walrus calf that stranded near Barrow this past Saturday, July 21.
The calf, estimated at four to six weeks old, was found by local fishermen who spotted the calf in North Salt Lagoon. On July 17, a large group of walrus were sighted passing Barrow on floating ice and the calf is presumed to have been separated from this group.
After a period of observation and approval from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), staff of the North Slope Borough's Department of Wildlife Management facilitated the rescue. Two Center staff traveled to Barrow early on Sunday, July 22 to evaluate the animal, already under the watchful eye of a local veterinarian. Air transportation from Barrow to Anchorage for the 200-pound animal was provided by Northern Air Cargo (NAC). In Anchorage, NAC also assisted in transferring the walrus to a specially-equipped truck for the 125 mile trip to Seward.