Stranded Seal's Condition Improves at National Aquarium in Baltimore
A young female gray seal, found in bad shape on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, is responding well to treatment at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
The seal, nicknamed "Luna Lovegood," after a Harry Potter character, was admitted to the aquarium's rehabilitation facility on May 23. She was found stranded on the beach near 79th Street in Ocean City.
She was suffering from pneumonia, dehydration, lungworms and what appeared to be bite wounds on her body.
Luna had to be fed fish gruel through a feeding tube for weeks, but the aquarium tells Bay Bulletin that she is now eating on her own.
Aquarium staff say, "We will be worked over the next several weeks to get her well hydrated and up to a healthy weight, and are hopeful she will make a full recovery."
The National Aquarium is also caring for a male harbor seal, Phil, who was rescued in April. Phil and Luna will be separated in different pools during their rehabilitation, and the staff is careful to prevent any cross-contamination between their spaces.