Walrus Pups Head South To New Homes

One to Indy, One To The Big Apple


by Mike Ford

After being rescued off the coast of Barrow two walrus pups will be leaving the Alaska SeaLife Center and headed to the lower 48.

The very social four m"onth old are headed to different locations. "Pakak" is headed for the Indianapolis Zoo and "Mititk" to the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium in Brooklyn

There are seven facilities that are prepared to take walrus. With the addition of these two pups there are nineteen walrus in captivity in the United States. It takes very specialized training to care for these marine mammals, they need to be part of a herd even when not in the wild.

The average male walrus grows to be close to three thousand pounds, presently there is no room for them to stay at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

To find out more about how the Alaska SeaLife Center helps stranded marine animals, connect with us.




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