Rehab and release for two lucky harbour seals
Earlier this year, two baby harbour seals were found injured along the coast of Maine.
Orchard, a male seal pup, weighed only 17 pounds when he was found. His body was covered in lesions and one of his rear flippers was broken. Higgins, a female pup, weighed only 28 pounds and had a severe eye infection which ultimately caused blindness in one eye.
They were both rushed to a triage centre that you helped build, the first of its kind on the East Coast.
This supporter-funded hospital allows our partner the Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) to stabilize and treat critically injured seals.
For three months, staff and volunteers at MMoME gave round the clock care for the two baby seals. During their rehabilitation process, they got to know the seals well.
Higgins is a very feisty seal with plenty of attitude and a love for exploring. She loved the enrichment toys given to her and was seen constantly batting them around.
Orchard is the complete opposite. He is very shy and didn’t engage with the toys much but he loved to swim and was always diving to the bottom of his pool. Every time someone showed up at his pool he would pop up like a gopher and stare at them until they left.
You helped make this ltriage centre possible, helping to give Higgins and Orcahard another chance at life.
Watch a video of the MMoME releasing Higgins and Orchard back into their ocean home:
Click here to watch the video
Thank you again for joining us to move the world to protect animals.
World Animal Protection