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Baby Walrus Adapts to Life in City
nytimes.com ^ | 10/19/2012 | LISA W. FODERARO

Posted on 10/20/2012 1:01:43 PM PDT by Silentgypsy

A team of 15 is caring for him around the clock. His favorite toy is a plastic bucket. He has taken swimmingly to a large pool. And on Friday, he had his first taste of solid food — surf clams.

“He’s hitting every milestone we’re hoping to see,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. “He still has some issues with his bladder, but they are trending in the right direction. Behaviorally, he’s doing great and we’re feeling good about his progress.”

He was describing Mitik, or Mit for short, one of two walrus calves separated from a herd in the Artic Ocean and orphaned in Alaska in July. The Alaska SeaLife Center took them in and found new homes for each. (The other walrus, Pakak, went to the Indianapolis Zoo.) The New York Aquarium, eager for a young companion for its two older walruses, stepped up, flying a staff member, Martha Hiatt, to Alaska to work with Mit for a month.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: babywalrus; bukkit; city; orphaned

Is this a cutie pie or what?

1 posted on 10/20/2012 1:01:49 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Silentgypsy

Darling seal too!


2 posted on 10/20/2012 1:03:10 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Monkey Face; ColdOne; Cyber Liberty; Darkchylde; Darksheare; Dead Corpse; fanfan; ...

Ping


3 posted on 10/20/2012 1:04:39 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Um, yes, of course—sooooo good to see you, FW!


4 posted on 10/20/2012 1:05:46 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Silentgypsy

♪ ♫ ♬ Coo-coo-ca-choo... ♪ ♫ ♬


5 posted on 10/20/2012 1:06:28 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The 0bummer Penguin & Bidet Joker: We played this country like a harp from hell.)
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To: Silentgypsy; Slings and Arrows

For a second I thought it was a Candy Crowley thread.


6 posted on 10/20/2012 1:11:18 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Silentgypsy

Likewise SG!

I know my last post was just too easy...but you kinda teed it up!...lol

(Let me know sometime how your garden etc turned out for the year...you guys all done picking and harvesting, like we are up here, or do you continue growing stuff all year long?)

Warm regards!


7 posted on 10/20/2012 1:14:19 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Darksheare
His favorite toy is a plastic bucket


8 posted on 10/20/2012 1:33:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Silentgypsy

“I can has bucket, mama?”


9 posted on 10/20/2012 1:34:22 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: RichInOC

10 posted on 10/20/2012 1:38:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: RichInOC

That baby is so adorable I’d give him every bucket I could rustle up!


11 posted on 10/20/2012 2:01:12 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Silentgypsy; Darksheare
"Is this a cutie pie or what?"

Veritable eye candy.

12 posted on 10/20/2012 6:07:57 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome ("Obama": His entire life is Photoshopped.)
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To: Darksheare

” For a second I thought it was a Candy Crowley thread.”

LOL!


13 posted on 10/22/2012 8:21:00 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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