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Newborn seal pup rescued on Long Island

A female harbor seal pup rests at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, N.Y. after being rescued.
AP Photo/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. A 3-day-old harbor seal pup has been rescued on Long Island and taken to a marine mammal hospital.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation says it received several calls about a distressed seal pup Saturday morning.

The female pup was struggling against the surf at The Sands, a banquet facility in Atlantic Beach. The pup was 2 1/2 feet long and her umbilical cord was still attached.

She was taken to the foundation's marine mammal hospital in Riverhead, where she's being fed formula. It's uncertain if the pup was abandoned or if crowds of people on the beach may have kept the mother away.

Harbor seals are protected under the federal law, and it is unlawful to approach, handle or feed them.