Workers save starving seal pups

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

KENAI - Oil terminal workers rescued a starving female seal pup Tuesday on a beach south of Drift River.

"When you see her, you could not pass her up without doing something," said Steve Letzring, who works for Cook Inlet Pipeline on Cook Inlet's west side.

He and a co-worker were following bear tracks when they noticed that the bear had been circling as if looking for something. Searching the area, they found the little seal above the high water mark.

They thought the pup may have washed up on the beach in recent storms, Letzring said.

They and a co-worker called the Alaska SeaLife Center, which advised them to leave the seal on the beach and keep an eye on it for six to 10 hours. After a wait, they took the seal in and the animal was transported to the Seward center.

At the center, the pup was given fluids to combat dehydration and formula to replace the rich milk of a mother seal. If all goes well, it will be weaned onto a diet of fish and released.

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