Guys, guys: We have news about the ginger seal who was shunned by her pod! And it’s good news! After being captured on heartbreaking film by photographer Anatoly Strakhov, the abandoned baby seal — now named Nafanya, after a Soviet cartoon character, to whom she bears a slight resemblance — now has a comfy, nurturing home at the Akvatoria dolphinarium. And unsurprisingly, she is a big hit with the crowds! Awww, it makes you want to hug the Earth!
In case you forgot, Nafanya was abandoned as a seal pup by the rest of her pod because of her different coloring. But after being photographed by Strakhov, she was taken in by the dolphinarium and given a home. At the time, she was thought to be nearly blind, but her vision is better than zookeepers originally thought. Her vision is only impaired in bright sunlight, which makes us think about a baby ginger seal wearing sunglasses, and that is a wonderful picture to have in one’s brain on a Monday morning.
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