Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Westport Police Aid in Baby Seal Rescue
Animal rescue calls are not that unusual for Westport police. But the one that came in Tuesday was a bit out of the ordinary a ֓seal in distress call at Old Mill Beach.
The arriving officer radioed headquarters that he had found what appeared to be a baby seal on the beach, and that the seal was ԓalert and conscious, a term usually used to describe humans in need of help.
The officer added that he wasnԒt quite sure what action to take next.
After some consultation at headquarters, police decided to check with the Mystic Aquarium and the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. The seal was removed to the Norwalk facility for later transfer to Mystic.
The episode was so unusual that the Bridgeport-based Connecticut Post, a daily which no longer covers routine news in Westport, leaving it to its co-owned semi-weekly Westport News, ran a brief item about the rescue.
Update: The Hour reported that the seal was transferred Wednesday to the Mystic Aquarium where it may have to undergo surgery.