ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Detroit Zoo is celebrating their newest addition, a grey seal pup that will have a permanent home in the Arctic Ring of Life.
Georgie arrived at the zoo from the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England, after being found stranded on the coast of Georgetown, Maine. It's believed Georgie, who was named after the city where she was found, is less that a year old.
During her treatment, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determine that her eyesight was severely compromised and that she could not be released back into the wild.
"Since Georgie cannot be returned to her natural wild habitat, we are happy to provide her sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo," said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals Robert Lessnau in a news release. "The Arctic Ring of Life is an amazing habitat and we think she'll do quite well here with our other rescued seals."
Georgie has thrived since being rescued, growing from just 87 pounds to 140 pounds. At the zoo, she joins grey seal Kiinaq, harp seal Pequot and harbor seals Sidney and Freita, all of which were also rescued.
Georgie's rescue was first supported by the Kalter/Lezotte Fund for Wildlife Rescue. You can contribute to the fund by sending a check, payable to Detroit Zoological Society, to Fund for Wildlife Rescue, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067, or by calling (248) 336-5704.