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    Friday, May 17, 2024

    Aquarium returns rehabilitated seal to the wild

    Mystic Aquarium Intern Jessica Farr tips a crate to encourage Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, to leave as she is is released at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Volunteers and staff members with Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team set up a boundary to help Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, find her way into the water at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., on Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, looks around as Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team releases her at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, looks around as Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team releases her at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Members of Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team, from left, volunteer Suzie Immerman, volunteer Kelsey Mooney and intern Jessica Farr, carry Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, to be released back at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    A photographer gets caught in the water as Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team releases Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    A small crowd gathers to watch as Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team releases Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, looks around as Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team releases her back at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Members of Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team, from left, volunteer Suzie Immerman, volunteer Kelsey Mooney and intern Jessica Farr, carry Kiwi, a 3-month-old gray seal, to be released back into the wild at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Charlestown, R.I. ― Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team released Kiwi, a 3-month-old female gray seal, into the wild at Blue Shutters Beach Thursday.

    It took some urging to get her out of the crate, and she wandered around for a few minutes, guided by volunteers, before returning to the water.

    The seal was found stranded ― severely malnourished and with an infection ― in Nantucket, Mass. when she was 5 weeks old. She was taken to Mystic Aquarium, where she recovered and returned to a healthy weight after receiving veterinary treatment and nutrition.

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