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Aquarium of Niagara welcomes new rescue seal

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Fri, Nov 30th 2018 11:15 pm
Lumiere
Lumiere
The Aquarium of Niagara has welcomed "Lumiere" to its family. He is a rescued male harbor seal from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California.
Lumiere was rescued on April 6, 2017, after he was found dehydrated and malnourished at just 1 month old. After months of rehabilitation, Lumiere still did not forage or eat fish easily. As a result of his abnormal eating and swallowing behaviors, the U.S. government deemed Lumiere non-releasable and the Aquarium of Niagara was chosen as his home.
"The number of seals and sea lions that are stranding on our coastlines is very alarming," said Gary Siddall, executive director. "Our organization has committed itself to providing critical care and housing to animals when they are not able to survive on their own."
"Building trusting relationships with all of our animals is essential to providing the highest quality care for them," said Richelle Swem, curator of animal care. "Lumiere has been doing well during his adjustment time here at the aquarium. One of the biggest changes for him is the socialization with the other five seals and his environment. He has a very curious and playful demeanor with our staff and other animals."
Lumiere is currently on exhibit in Rescue Harbor with our other rescued seals.
The Aquarium of Niagara is located at 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls.

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