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Detroit Zoo Welcomes Jersey The Super Friendly Seal

ROYAL OAK (CBS Detroit) - A 9 month old female grey seal got to its permanent home on Monday in the Detroit Zoo's Arctic Ring of Life habitat. Zoo staff named her Jersey after where she was discovered.

The seal pup was rescued from the New Jersey shore after it was deemed too friendly with fisherman and beachgoers who were likely to give her food.

"Since the pup cannot be returned to her natural wild habitat, we are happy to provide her sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo," said Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society chief life sciences officer.

She joins a group of other rescued animals including seals Kiinaq and Georgie, harp seal Pequot and harbor seals Sidney and Freita.

"The Detroit Zoo has a reputation for being at the forefront of wildlife rescue, and we are so pleased that this little seal has found such a haven," said Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year. For hours, tickets and more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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