Baby walrus saved by Alaska oil workers gets constant care. See adorable photos

A 200-pound baby walrus found alone by Alaska oil workers is now receiving constant care, the Alaska SeaLife Center reported. Workers found the rare Pacific walrus calf Aug. 1 on Alaska’s North Slope about 4 miles inland from the Beaufort Sea, the center said in a news

release. “Walrus calves depend on maternal care for their first two years of life, and with no adults in the vicinity, it was apparent that the wayward calf would not survive long without intervention,” the center said.

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The center arranged with Alaska Clean Seas and ConocoPhillips Alaska to shelter and transport the baby walrus, the release said. The oil company provided an airplane to take the walrus to the center for 24-hour care.

“Walruses are highly tactile and social animals, receiving near-constant care from their mothers during the first two years of life,” the center said. “To emulate this maternal closeness, round-the-clock ‘cuddling’ is being provided to ensure the calf remains calm and develops in a healthy manner.” The walrus calf isn’t on public view yet but as its condition improves limited public viewing may be allowed.

“ConocoPhillips is honored that we were able to assist with the rescue and transportation of the young walrus,” said Erec Isaacson, ConocoPhillips Alaska president. “This is an example of a network of caring neighbors who work together for the best possible outcomes.”