A male Pacific walrus calf was found stranded and stranded in an oil field in Alaska on Monday, with a baby bottle at the Marine Wildlife Center, The Associated Press reported Friday. He was rescued by Alaskan oil field workers while being cared for, such as being fed and held.
The yet-to-be-named 200-pound wrinkly-skinned, month-old calf was found far from the waters of the North Slope and traveled at least 1,1100 miles on Tuesday, according to a statement. He was flown to the Alaska Sealife Center (ASLC) in Seward.To Associated Press report. Staff at the Marine Research and Wildlife Control Facility reportedly offer walrus cubs the option of “around-the-clock ‘cuddle’, ‘provided a warm body to lean on’, which the walruses are willing to take. I use it almost all the time.” (Related: ‘Almost perfect’: Man captures video of whale jumping out of water in a very unusual event)
The calf was seen cuddling with ALSC personnel and being bottle-fed. Video released by Associated Press.
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The walrus calf is currently receiving the 24-hour care it needs in a wildlife quarantine area and cannot be shown to the public at the ASLC. Depending on his condition, his location may change in the future and will be announced if so. pic.twitter.com/9EeLCcZgad
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The 24-hour care routine was adopted to mimic the maternal bond walrus calves receive from their mothers in the wild during their first two years of life, ALSC said in a document released. statement Released Thursday. The ALSC veterinary team found the rescued calf to be malnourished and dehydrated and had cloudy eyes, and blood tests suggested the calf was fighting an infection, the statement said. continued.
The center reportedly last accepted walrus patients four years ago and had only 10 walrus patients in its 25-year history. “His first night was lucky that it went well. Walrus calves are rarely accepted, but each time we learn more about the species and how to care for them.” ASLC Wildlife Correspondence Curator Jane Berovalac said in a statement.
The calf is currently closed to the public, but “may be moved to an area with restricted public access if conditions improve,” the ALSC statement said.