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New rescued seal, Amelia Bedelia, at The National Aquarium

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 11:45:50-05

BALTIMORE — The National Aquarium has welcomed a new harp seal rescued from Ocean City, Maryland.

In line with Aquarium’s naming theme for rescue seals this season, the Aquarium’s newest patient has been nicknamed after beloved storybook character Amelia Bedelia.

Amelia the seal was rescued on February 23 in a coordinated effort with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program.

It was determined Amelia was suffering from extreme dehydration. She’s now resting and receiving fluids combined with tube-fed fish gruel. In the coming weeks, the team anticipates seeing her appetite and energy improve as she settles into rehabilitation.

Amelia joins rescued gray seal pup Pippi Longstocking in long-term rehabilitation at the Animal Care and Rescue Center. Pippi was rescued on February 8 from Dewey Beach, Delaware and is recovering from dehydration, malnourishment and an infected front flipper.