Animal Rescue Update: Second Harp Seal Admitted

National Aquarium Animal Rescue is now caring for a second female harp seal.

Published February 26, 2019

In line with this season’s naming theme for rescue seals—influential scientists—our new patient is nicknamed after the first woman in space, Sally Ride. Sally Ride was a dedicated astronaut and physicist who was an advocate for science education and motivated young girls and women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

Sally Ride

Sally the seal was originally found stranded on the shores of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, earlier this month. Displaying signs of dehydration and a seal lice infestation, Sally was taken to the Animal Care and Rescue Center. Our team completed a full work-up of diagnostic tests upon her arrival, including a physical exam and bloodwork.

Sally is still in very critical condition. She is spending most of her time resting and isn’t showing much interest in food. She hasn’t started eating on her own yet, but our team is working hard around the clock to make sure she’s getting the nutrients she needs through tube feedings and IV fluids.

Sally Ride

Sally is currently receiving anti-inflammatory medications and oral antibiotics as our team keeps a close eye on her progress.

National Aquarium Animal Rescue is also caring for another female harp seal, nicknamed Marie Tharp. Marie is improving, and is now eating fish on her own and even interacting with enrichment items like puzzle feeders.

Stay tuned for more animal rescue updates!

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