New harbor seal pup on exhibit with mother, Sydney.
Updated July 2014
The Milwaukee County Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male harbor seal pup, the first-ever for the Zoo, born the morning of June 8 (also World Oceans Day).
The pup was named King Julian after the lemur king in the animated "Madagascar" movies. He was born to first-time mother, Sydney, and father, Ringo, both of whom were born in the wild. King Julian is on public exhibit, and zookeepers report it’s doing well, nursing and swimming. Sydney has been very attentive to the pup, and proving to be a very good mother.
Sydney, just shy of her 18th birthday, was donated to the Zoo in 2005 by the Alaska SeaLife Center. Prior to that, she came to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammals Rescue and Rehabilitation Program as an orphaned pup. Ringo came to the Milwaukee County Zoo in 1979, and is now estimated to be 35 years old.
Wild harbor seals are found on the coasts of either side of the North Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Harbor seal pups shed their white coat before birth and are able to swim immediately.
Harbor seal pup at 3 weeks of age, shown here after his weigh-in on the scale.
Our harbor seal pup is now 3 weeks old, and weighs about 25 kilograms. At birth, on June 8, he weighed approximately 11 kilograms. Zookeepers report he is doing great!
King Julian likes to chase and eat live fish, but is still finicky with thawed fish. He's still only eating live fish, but has lost some weight. He's eating them a bit quicker and showing a little interest in thawed fish. Mom, Sydney, was brought inside for a few days to hopefully show him the ropes and for some social stimulation.
If you'd like to purchase an enrichment item for the pup, please visit our Amazon wish list.
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