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Seal pup rescued at Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park

February 19, 2021 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A 3-week-old seal pup has been rescued in Delaware.

The Delaware State News reports that the animal was found huddled against the dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes late last week.

Someone had reported the pup to the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute.

“It’s a good thing that she was reported to MERR when she was because it is unlikely that she would have survived the night on her own,” said Suzanne Thurman, MERR’s executive director. “The high tides we have been experiencing caused the waves to come all the way up to the dune, and she would have been washed out to sea.”

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The little seal was named Cupid in honor of Valentines Day. She received hydration, nutritional therapy and other treatments at MERR. She’s finishing up her recovery at a long-term rehabilitation facility.

“We are hopeful that the seal will make a full recovery and be returned to her ocean home soon,” MERR said in a statement.