Orphaned Baby Walrus Finds New Home At New York Aquarium [VIDEO]
For some reason, Walrus are so adorable. That includes "Mitt," a 234-pound baby walrus who has found a new home at the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium in Brooklyn.
The 15-week mammal was rescued from the ocean off Alaska in July. The baby was suffering from bladder problems and was unable to take a bottle. But he is putting away a pound a day now.
Mitik (nick-named Mitt) arrived at his new home yesterday. The aquarium is only one of a few aquariums in the country that handle and exhibit walruses. "Mitt" will have some friends too - Nuka who is is 30 years old and Kulu who is is 17.
A few facts I learned about the Walrus:
Their life expectancy is 40 years and they are endangered. Only Native Americans are allowed to hunt walruses, because they were threatened by past over hunting. Their tusks, oil, skin, and meat were so sought after in the 18th and 19th centuries that the walrus was hunted to extinction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and around Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Walrus' s are very smart and learn tricks easily. Check out this video I found on YouTube. A walrus doing sit ups!