Rare ginger seal pup may have to be rescued by biologists

Rare ‘Ugly Duckling’ ginger seal pup may have to be rescued by biologists because it is shunned by the rest of its colony and could become an outcast

  • An exceptionally rare ginger fur seal pup has been spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk 
  • There are signs of the partial albino pup being slightly shunned on Tyuleny Island
  • If it is rejected, wildlife specialists are ready to rescue the mammal 

An exceptionally rare ginger fur seal pup has been spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia.

The pinniped stands out from the rest of its colony with its colouring, blue eyes and pink flippers.

Experts say the chances of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000 and there is a risk of rejection by the rookery.

An exceptionally rare ginger fur seal pup has been spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia

The pinniped stands out from the rest of its colony with its colouring, blue eyes and pink flippers

Experts say the chances of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000 and there is a risk of rejection by the rookery

Biologist Vladimir Burkanov says that so far this fur seal on Tyuleny Island – nicknamed The Ugly Duckling – has not become a total outcast, yet there are signs of it being slightly shunned.

‘This pup looks well fed and was very active, so its mother clearly gave it plenty of milk,’ he said.

‘Other seals don’t pay too much attention to it in a somewhat worrying manner, so something is not quite right with it.

Biologist Vladimir Burkanov says that so far this fur seal on Tyuleny Island – nicknamed The Ugly Duckling – has not become a total outcast, yet there are signs of it being slightly shunned

The seal is believed to have poor eyesight and Dr Burkanov is doubtful the seal will successfully breed

‘But it is not getting chased or bitten.’

The seal is believed to have poor eyesight and Dr Burkanov is doubtful the seal will successfully breed.

If it is rejected, wildlife specialists are ready to rescue the mammal and hand it to a dolphinarium.

A similar looking male fur seal is known to have matured Severo-Zapadnoe rookery on Bering Island and is now five or six years old.

If it is rejected, wildlife specialists are ready to rescue the mammal and hand it to a dolphinarium

‘He did not participate in reproduction this season and was seen on the bachelor section of the rookery only,’ said the biologist.

‘Perhaps, this is the first documented case of the survival of a northern fur seal of an abnormal colour to adulthood.’

But in a case in 2011, an ostocised ginger fur seal called Nafanya – also from Tyuleny Island, a breeding ground for the species – had to be rescued and was flown to Sochi Dolphinarium on the Black Sea.

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