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Eloise, the adorable and now famous sea pup returned to its natural habitat (Atlantic Ocean) after 40 days of recovery at the National Aquarium’s animal rescue and care center.

“Eloise surpassed all her rehabilitation milestones, making her eligible to be released into the ocean, according to our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partners,” said Jennifer Dittmar, director of animal rescue at The National Aquarium.

On February 12, she was rescued on the shore of Cape Henlopen, Delaware by the Institute of Marine Research and Rehabilitation Education who determined the need to take her to rehab.

According to the official statement of the National Aquarium, she was found with signs of malnutrition and small tears in her neck. At the time Eloise weighed about 28 pounds and had to increase significantly before being thrown into the sea again.

This case is not very common because she was still a puppy of less than a month old, dependent on the mother at the time of the loss, which involved a complication by the absence of breast milk. Storms, rough seas, and the threat of predation are some of the reasons why the little ones could separate from their mothers, which may have happened to Eloise.

The staff from the care center taught her the basics for her survival in the natural habitat and during Eloise’s 42 days, she “progressed easily through her rehabilitation goals,” learning to eat fish on her own. According to Animal Rescue director Jenn Dittmar, “while not all cases have a positive result, success stories provide hope that small actions can have big impacts.”

The Aquarium’s National Animal Rescue Center and the Animal Health team is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping sea creatures and it’s not the first time they have attended a case like Eloise’s.

In the past, they rescued more than 30 sea turtles, who were in rehabilitation in the pool of the Aquarium, and also provided assistance to 3 seal pups according to official information on the web.

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