Mystic Aquarium Teams Up with L+M Hospital to ‘Seal-abrate’ Impending Arrival of New Seal Pup

Mystic, CT – Aptly on Mother’s Day, Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and one of the nation’s leading aquariums, announced a partnership with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.  In ‘seal-abration’ of the impending arrival of a harbor seal pup to Pearl, Mystic Aquarium will award a complimentary one-year family membership to the parents of the first baby born at L+M Hospital, closest to the time of Pearl’s pup. 
 
“This is Pearl’s first pregnancy and we are thrilled to experience this exciting time with her and be part of some wonderful memories one lucky expecting family at L&M Hospital is sure to make at Mystic Aquarium” said Dr. Jen Flower, Chief Clinical Veterinarian at Mystic Aquarium.
 
The animal care professionals at Mystic Aquarium expect the new arrival in early to mid-June.
 
In May 2012, Pearl, who stranded in Bar Harbor, Maine as a pup, arrived at Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic a week later for around-the-clock care – routine protocol for seal pups that are assumed to have been abandoned shortly after birth. Following months of rehab, it was ultimately decided that Pearl would be best suited in an environment with animal care professionals. Just a few days before Christmas 2012, Pearl joined other harbor seals at Mystic Aquarium’s Pacific Northwest habitat.
 
As Pearl nears the end of her first pregnancy, a team of veterinarians and trainers are keeping an even closer eye on her progress. Regular ultrasounds plus an enhanced diet are helping to ensure Pearl and her baby remain strong and healthy through delivery day and beyond. Follow along on Mystic Aquarium’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels for updates on Pearl’s pregnancy!
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About Mystic Aquarium:
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up-close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.

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