On Mother’s Day, Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and one of the nation’s leading aquariums, announced a partnership with Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
In ‘seal-abration’ of the impending arrival of harbor seal Pearl’s new pup in early to mid-June, Mystic Aquarium will award a complimentary one-year family membership to the parents of the first baby born at Women & Infants Hospital, closest to the time of Pearl’s pup.
“This is Pearl’s first pregnancy and we are thrilled to experience this exciting time with her and be part of some wonderful memories one lucky expecting family at Women & Infants is sure to make at Mystic Aquarium” said Dr. Jen Flower, Chief Clinical Veterinarian, Mystic Aquarium.
”There is nothing more special than the start of a new family, and we are delighted to be able to provide one family with the opportunity to enjoy all that Mystic Aquarium has to offer through this partnership,” said Matt Quin, RN, MS, Interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Women & Infants Hospital.
In May 2012, Pearl, who stranded in Bar Harbor, Maine as a pup, arrived at Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic a week later for around-the-clock care – routine protocol for seal pups that are assumed to have been abandoned shortly after birth. Following months of rehab, it was ultimately decided that Pearl would be best suited in an environment with animal care professionals. Just a few days before Christmas 2012, Pearl joined other harbor seals at Mystic Aquarium’s Pacific Northwest habitat.
As Pearl nears the end of her first pregnancy, a team of veterinarians and trainers are keeping an even closer eye on her progress. Regular ultrasounds plus an enhanced diet are helping to ensure Pearl and her baby remain strong and healthy through delivery day and beyond. Follow along on Mystic Aquarium’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitterchannels for updates on Pearl’s pregnancy!