A male harbor seal pup rescued from Children's Pool in La Jolla that was in critical condition with an infection last week at SeaWorld San Diego is recovering, a park official said.
“It did survive and is holding its own,” said Kelly Terry, public relations manager for SeaWorld. “He’s maintaining his weight.”
Terry noted the seal pup remains on antibiotics for the infection but added, “He is eating well, taking formula from the bottle. Overall, we’re cautiously optimistic about his prognosis.”
Terry said the pup’s condition will continue to be closely monitored.
“If he does well and continues to put on some weight and the infection goes away, we can get him back out there in the ocean,” she said, adding that would likely take at least a month.
The 16-pound pup believed to be less than two week old was found after it was abandoned by its mother on the Children’s Pool beach and was later taken to the water park's animal care complex.
Pupping season for the seals is Dec. 15 through May 15, and a rope is kept up at the Children's Pool to discourage people from going down to the beach and disturbing the marine mammals.