Baby seal found in front yard In this Thursday, March 24, 2016, photo provided by the Fremont Police Department, is a young seal pup who made a wrong turn, ending up in Fremont, Calif. In this (Fremont Police Department via AP)
Baby seal found in front yard
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Authorities say a baby seal made it 4 miles from the water to the front yard of a home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Rescuers nicknamed the seal Ozzie. She was found March 24 on Osgood Road in Fremont, California. The female northern fur seal had no visible signs of injury and was taken to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
 
The 9-month-old seal has been rescued before. Center staff members say the pup was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola.
 
She was treated and released earlier this month in Bodega Bay, which is about 100 miles northwest from where the animal was found in Fremont.
 
They say the seal should have headed north to Alaska but lost her way and headed south.

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COMMENTS (53)
  • grantm-2-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:44 a.m.

    Rescuers knew the seal had been found before, because they treated it in November. In November Rescuers treated the pup because it was malnourished. The article states "The 9-month-old seal has been rescued before. Center staff members say the pup was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola." This is why the rescuers knew the seal had been rescued before.

  • collinf-2-bar
    3/31/2016 - 12:19 p.m.

    The rescuers know the seal had been found before because it "was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola." When it was treated after being found the first time, it was probably tagged.

    I found this article interesting because I think it would be cool to find a seal in my front yard.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    3/31/2016 - 08:34 p.m.

    I think that it is interesting how many animals get found out of their habitats because of some reason. This nine month year old seal lost its way and was found in the front yard of someone's house. The rescuers saw no signs of injury and took the seal to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. This baby seal was found last time by some people and should have headed north to Alaska but headed south instead.
    I think that the rescuers knew the seal had been found before because they found it malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola.

  • lucasddd-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:19 p.m.

    Rescuers know the seal had been found before because it was rescued during a former occasion. Paragraph 4 says "Center staff members say the pup was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola."
    This article was interesting, and I'm glad the seal was alright.

  • samuelh-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:24 p.m.

    Rescuers know the seal was rescued before because they knew the seal was malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola.

  • maggiec-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:38 p.m.

    The rescuers knew that the seal had been found before because in most organizations that rescue animals, they track the animals they save. They do this because they want to know if the animal they save stays healthy and safe out on its own in the wild. Using this tag, the staff members realized that they had rescued this seal back in November. I thought this article was interesting and the seal was very cute.

  • matthewp-6-bar
    3/31/2016 - 11:39 p.m.

    The rescuers knew that the seal had been found before. The reason for this is because the seal had been treated for malnourishment a month ago. This is shown by,"The 9-month-old seal has been rescued before. Center staff members say the pup was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola." My opinion about this article is that the seal is very odd to go that far into the land.

  • sheilah-6-bar
    3/31/2016 - 11:57 p.m.

    Rescuers found a seal in a backyard. The seal had been rescued before. The article stated,"The 9-month-old seal has been rescued before. Center staff members say the pup was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola. She was treated and released earlier this month in Bodega Bay, which is about 100 miles northwest from where the animal was found in Fremont. They say the seal should have headed north to Alaska but lost her way and headed south." Her trail was supposed to be different. It was unusual for the seal to be going south instead of north. The rescuers had to do research on seals with good health in the south. I found this article surprising because it would be difficult for a seal to be in a backyard.

  • aidanp-1-bar
    4/01/2016 - 12:46 a.m.

    Rescuers knew the seal had been found before because scientists document all animals they have found or have rescued. This keeps stats on how many of a species or what gender gets lost, etc. "The 9-month-old seal has been rescued before. Center staff members say the pup was found malnourished last November at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola."

    I liked this passage because it was funny and random.

  • kieranw-3-bar
    4/01/2016 - 01:04 a.m.

    The rescuers recognized Ozzie had been found before because she was previously at New Brighton State Beach where she was immediately taken to a shelter, from there they tagged her and so they would know its her if ever found again. I think this article is very sad because the poor baby seal swam one hundred miles in the wrong direction. Atlas this time the workers at the Marine Mammal Center will release her closer to her destination in Canada.

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