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Home sweet home: Rehabilitated seal set free into Atlantic Ocean by Aquarium staff

Huck Finn
Huck Finn
Huck Finn
Posted at 12:33 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 14:35:36-04

BALTIMORE — Staff at the National Aquarium released a rehabilitated seal back into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

Huck Finn as he was named was set free at Assateague State Park, the same place he was rescued on February 27.

At the time of his rescue, the aquarium says Huck Finn was "extremely dehydrated, underweight, and had external signs of wounds and infection."

During two months of rehabilitation, Huck gained more than 30 pounds and improved his swimming skills.

"While the staff will miss watching Huck and fellow rescued seal Pippi interact like siblings, they know he is ready to return to his natural habitat and that his feisty personality will serve him well," the aquarium said.

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Meanwhile Pippi continues to be treated at the aquarium until she too can be returned to the ocean.