Poor Baby Seal Shunned For Being Ginger
It seems that even amongst animals, gingers get no respect. This little guy’s unique coloring caused him to be rejected by his colony and his family. According to Mr. Strakhov who took these pictures:
He was hiding and waiting for his mother to come and feed him. He had a very strange color fur and looked different from his two black brothers. I was pleased to be able to capture such an unusual animal, but the poor seal is almost blind and so was unlikely to survive in the wild.
Luckily, Mr Strakhov was with staff from a dolphinarium who took the baby seal into their care. The pup – whose color is the result of an accumulation of iron in its fur – might have had more luck if he carried a U.S. passport. One of the biggest concentrations of red-haired seals is in San Francisco.
The loneliest seal in the world: This rare brown furred pup was spotted on the beach at Tyuleniy Island, Russia.
Hiding hole: The seal, which is almost blind, had been hiding under a pile of logs when he was first spotted.
Shunned: The pup sits on is own up the beach while other seals group by the water’s edge.