SEWARD - A rescue center in Seward has taken in an orphaned baby seal that was still in the womb when a hunter killed its mother on Easter Sunday.
The Alaska SeaLife Center says a subsistence hunter killed the pup's mother in the village of Tununak on Nelson Island in the Bering Sea. The hunter then realized there was a live pup inside the seal and successfully delivered it.
The hunter's daughter found a hotline for the SeaLife Center online and called to report the incident.
Guided by center staff, a village teacher helped transport the pup to the local airport, and the animal was flown to Bethel and then to Anchorage.
Veterinary staffers with the SeaLife Center met the pup, now called Maxwell, at the Anchorage airport and drove him to Seward on Monday.
The staffers say the pup has responded well to food and care, but his condition is still considered critical.