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Baby seal abandoned due to human interference

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On April 30, a day-old baby seal was found abandoned on a beach in Seabrook, Mass., according to Seacoast Online. The newborn harbor seal pup was rescued by the Seacoast Science Center's Marine Mammal Rescue Team.

The baby seal, which was only 72 centimeters in length, weighing in at 8.2 kilograms, was crying for its mother. The pup had likely been abandoned due to people and dogs hanging around the area. The MMRT reported human and dog tracks circling the seal.

A mother seal will abandon her baby if she senses danger nearby. She will not return to the pup because of that danger. The pup, who is still nursing from its mother, was healthy but hungry. It never would have survived if it had not been rescued.

"We monitored the pup before determining whether or not intervening was the best course of action. Our goal is always to give an animal the opportunity to return to its natural habitat, and in this case, to reunite with its mother during the early and critical bonding period,” said a rescue team coordinator Ashley Stokes, as reported by Seacoast Online.

When mom did not return, the baby was moved to the MMRT's rehabilitation facility.

Seals are often on the beach where they rest and sunbathe. People should not approach a seal but call 603-997-9448 to report it. Mother seals sometimes leave their babies on the beach while they go hunt, but return a short while later.

To learn more about how you can help keep the ocean's inhabitants safe, please visit the Seacoast Science Center.

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