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ALASKA PENINSULA/BECHAROF: Refuge Week Celebrations Ends with a Splash
Alaska Region, October 13, 2009
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Students learn about the journey of TWINKY (photo by FWS (10/13/2009)
Students learn about the journey of TWINKY (photo by FWS (10/13/2009) - Photo Credit: n/a
Alaska Peninsula/Becharof NWR Deputy Manager Mike Brady and Rangers Lind and Tibbetts await an eager crowd with treats for everyone.
Alaska Peninsula/Becharof NWR Deputy Manager Mike Brady and Rangers Lind and Tibbetts await an eager crowd with treats for everyone. - Photo Credit: n/a

On Tuesday October 13th, to celebrate REFUGE WEEK, the visitor center and refuge staff opened the doors to a live animal presentation from the Sealife Rescue and Rehab Center by veterinarian Tim Lebling.

Staff had several marine mammal exhibits, Alaska Refuges DVD playing on the screen, a sea otter skull, pelt; harbor seal pelt and marine mammal fact sheets were also available throughout the week.  

“Twinky” a young harbor seal pup was rescued four months ago off the shores of a small village called South Naknek.  Abandoned, he was severely dehydrated and near starvation.  Watched by locals, he was finally rescued and shipped to the Seward Sealife Center for treatment.

Approximately 60 visitors came to see Twinky and listen to Tim’s 1 hour presentation of his rescue and rehab program at Seward.  After the presentation, visitors enjoyed the beautiful BLUE GOOSE cake provided by staff. Children of all ages showed up, asking questions and admiring Twinky before her release into the cool murky waters of Bristol Bay.

Upon arriving to the Naknek river shore, with a brisk onshore wind from the southwest, Twinky became very excited in his kennel.  Moments later he was in the water with the crowd of 14 souls cheering his on and wishing her safety on her journey.

The Fish and Wildlife Service would like to thank Tim and the Seward Sealife Center and Peninsula Airways staff in making this venture a success.

 


Contact Info: Orville Lind, (907) 246-1202, orville_lind@fws.gov



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