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Vets Prescribe Cuddles For Rescued Baby Walrus At Alaska SeaLife Center.

A rescued baby walrus gets cuddles from staff members.

A baby walrus has just been admitted to the Alaska SeaLife Center for care after being found in a strange location. Although the Pacific walrus typically likes to be close to the water, this little guy was rescued four miles from the coastline of the Beaufort Sea. Worse than that, he was all alone — not an optimal situation, since “calves depend on maternal care for their first two years,” according to a statement on the center’s website.

After his check-up, vets came to a very important conclusion. This baby would need 24-7 cuddles from staff members to make up for the absence of a mama walrus! The Alaska SeaLife Center reports that the calf is responding well both to bottle-feeding and human affection. He’s still being treated for various health concerns, particularly a nasty infection.

A rescued baby walrus gets cuddles from staff members.
Alaska Sea Life Center/Facebook

“We remain cautiously optimistic about his status, but he still has a lot of health conditions to overcome,” reads a post on the organization’s Facebook page. “We’ll continue to share what we can about this special patient’s journey!”

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