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Second harbor seal pup of the month born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm with No Comments »
June 11, 2013 4:59 pm
Pacific harbor seal Qilak and her pup, born on Monday. / Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo
Pacific harbor seal Qilak and her pup, born on Monday. / Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo

Harbor seal Qilak gave birth to a 22.6-pound female pup Monday, the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s second in eight days.

A male pup was born June 2 to 8-year-old Shila.

Both newborns are bonding with their mothers behind the scenes, and have yet to be named.

The male pup is “already becoming quite a swimmer,” said Neil Allen, curator of aquatic animals.

The newborns need time to nurse and gain a layer of blubber to regulate their own temperatures, according to the zoo. It could be a couple weeks before they make their public debuts.

Both mothers are taking good care of their pups, and Qilak has been especially protective, Allen said.

The newborns join Shila, 9-year-old Qilak, 37-year-old Blackie, and 36-year-old Louise as part of the zoo’s harbor seal family.

Their father, 14-year-old Q, was on a breeding loan from the Seattle Aquarium for about 14 months. He returned home last month to the aquarium’s new harbor seal exhibit.

Video of Shila’s pup

Shila's pup/Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo
Shila’s pup/Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo
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