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Harbor seal pup born at Aquarium of Niagara; first in 30 years

The first harbor seal pup to be born at the Aquarium of Niagara in 30 years arrived early Thursday morning, the facility announced.

Zoey, an 8-year-old harbor seal, gave birth just after midnight Thursday after almost 11 months of gestation.

"The delivery was seamless, and both mother and pup are showing great signs of health," aquarium officials said in a written statement.

The pup's gender will be determined during a veterinary examination in a few weeks, an aquarium spokeswoman said in an email.

Pickles, a 9-year-old harbor seal who came to the aquarium from SeaWorld San Antonio in May 2016, is the pup's father. Zoey, the mother, was rescued and has been at the Aquarium of Niagara since 2012 after undergoing surgery for a severe inner-ear infection, the aquarium said.

The newborn and parents are living among other members of the aquarium's marine mammal collection in the facility's Rescue Harbor.

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