Abandoned Albino Seal Pup
Nafanya is an albino seal pup who was rejected by her family, but has now found a new home at a Russian dolphinarium. Read on to find out her heartwarming story. [Full article here]
Red Fur, Blue Eyes
Nafanya had been rejected by her family members, who have black coats, because of her rusty brown fur and pale blue eyes.
A Russian photographer came across the baby seal on Tyuleniy Island, a small island located in the Sea of Okhotsk, in September. His photos of the lone pup garnered attention from all over the world, and soon Nafanya found a new home at a Russian dolphinarium.
A New Home
His photos of the lone pup garnered attention from all over the world, and soon Nafanya found a new home at a Russian dolphinarium.
Waiting to Meet New Friends
At the Akvatoria dolphinarium in Adler, Russia, Nafanya was placed under a monthlong quarantine, but after her quarantine is complete, she will be introduced to the other seals living in the dolphinarium.
Her Own Space
At the dolphinarium, Nafanya has her own special, brightly colored enclosure.
Dolphinarium personnel also created a website for Nafanya, which features a webcam that is live between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. EST. You can view the webcam here.
Going for a Dip
The webcam documents Nafanya's day-to-day activities as she swims and plays in her enclosure.
Above, Nafanya is photographed emerging from the pool in her enclosure.
A Unique Moniker
Her rescuers gave her the name Nafanya after a Soviet-era cartoon character with similarly colored fur.
The above photo captured the adorable seal pup scratching her belly with her flipper.