This Rare Ginger Seal May Need To Be Rescued After Colony Shunning And Transferred To Dolphinarium.

This Rare Ginger Seal May Need To Be Rescued After Colony Shunning And Transferred To Dolphinarium.

An exceptionally rare 'ginger' seal pup was found in Russia, but experts are worried that it may be shunned by its fellow seals because of its unusual coloring.

The pinniped, who has been seen in the Okhotsk Sea, has pink flippers and blue eyes all over his body as well as ginger hair.

Experts also said that there are around one in 100,000 odds of a partial albino birth, such as this, and that its state means there is a risk of its peers being rejected. Weak little one.

Biologist Vladimir Burkanov says the seal, discovered on Tyunleny Island, was called The Ugly Duckling, which if you ask me is a little harsh. She's a little cutie, I guess.

Sadly, Burkanov has said there are already signs that it's being shunned and fears 'something is not quite right'.


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He said: "This pup looks well-fed and was very active, so its mother clearly gave it plenty of milk.

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

"But it is not getting chased or bitten."

The seal is considered to have poor eyesight, and Dr Burkanov predicts that it is impossible to ever reproduce successfully.


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If it ends up being absolutely discarded, wildlife experts are right on hand to save it and send it to a dolphinarium, where it will have cared.

But it's not just bad news, since it is reported that a similar-looking male fur seal has grown up on Bering Island, and is now around five to six years old.

"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."


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A shunned ginger-fur seal named Nafanya, who also lived on Tyuleny Island, had to be saved on the other side of the coin in 2011.

It was flown into the Black Sea Sochi Dolphinarium with experts to look after.

Also, read: Rare Species Of Chicken Is Entirely Black From Its Feathers To Its Bones.

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