Researchers in Alaska rescued a walrus too young to be away from his mother. Now, his treatment plan includes 24/7 care and cuddles. – DAVID RAUDALES

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Researchers in Alaska rescued a walrus too young to be away from his mother. Now, his treatment plan includes 24/7 care and cuddles.

The rescued walrus calf is just one month old, Alaska SeaLife Center staff say.

Alaska SeaLife Center

An Alaskan wildlife center rescued a one-month-old, 200-pound Pacific walrus calf this week.
The young animal has been prescribed round-the-clock cuddles from staff to simulate maternal closeness.
He has also already accepted a bottle and will likely acclimate well to his new human caretakers, staff reported.

A Pacific walrus calf — just one month old — found himself far away from home and his mom after he arrived at an Alaskan wildlife center.

Now, to make sure the young calf grows up strong and healthy, his new caretakers have prescribed him round-the-clock care and cuddles. 

The young calf has already accepted a bottle and will likely acclimate well to human care, staff reported.

Alaska SeaLife Center

The walrus calf was first rescued in northern Alaska on Aug. 1 after workers on the coast spotted him all alone, four miles inland from the Beaufort Sea, the Alaska SeaLife Center reported in a press release. Staff brought the 200-pound calf to their center and discovered he was suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, and a potential infection.

While he’ll be receiving 24-7 medical care at the center, the staff are also prioritizing cuddles with the young calf in order to simulate maternal closeness. Cuddles are essential to his health as the creatures typically don’t leave their mother’s side for their first two years, according to the Center.

“It isn’t often that we’re able to admit a walrus calf, but every time we do, we learn more about the species and how to care for them,” Jane Belovarac, Alaska SeaLife Center Wildlife Response Curator, wrote in the press release.

The young calf is around one month old and weighs 200 pounds.

Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center staff reported that the calf has already taken a bottle and is expected to acclimate well to his new human companions. 

The Alaska SeaLife Center did not respond to a request for an update on the calf’s condition ahead of publication.

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