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Rescued harbor seal with amputated flipper coming to Aquarium of Niagara

A 1-year-old harbor seal who had his hind flipper amputated is the latest rescue finding a home at the Aquarium of Niagara.

The seal is scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls facility today. He was found in April by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey with injuries consistent with being struck by a vessel.

His hind flipper was nearly severed and he was deemed not releasable back into the wild by federal regulators, the aquarium said.

"We welcome all rescued animals no matter their conditions," said Gary Siddall, the aquarium's executive director, in a news release. "It is our hope that the privilege of seeing these animals will inspire people to be more cognitive of wildlife and their impact on these amazing creatures and their environment."

The aquarium has six other harbor seals, including four other rescues. It also is home to a grey seal rescued by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Three of the aquarium's four California sea lions are also rescues.

The new harbor seal will join the public exhibit at the facility in the late fall, the aquarium said.

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