Mystic Aquarium asking for help bringing once-malnourished seal to new home

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH)–Mystic Aqarium needs your help to bring a Northern Fur Seal to her new home in Mystic.

Her name is Ziggy Star, and she was found on the beach in Northern California, malnourished and barely alive.

The hospital at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito diagnosed her with a serious neurological condition. After extensive testing, it was determined that her condition would ultimately impact her ability to survive in the wild.

Ziggy Star suffers from a neurologic condition that affects her ability to process images correctly and coordinate her movements. Although she is otherwise healthy, these limitations will prevent her from being able to survive in the wild, so she will need human care for the rest of her life.

She’s been nursed back to health at a California Rescue and is doing great. Mystic Aquarium has agreed to give her a permanent home.

Mystic Aquarium looked for ways to help give Ziggy a permanent home so she could live in a social setting with other fur seals and benefit from the care she requires. Ziggy Star underwent several months of care at The Marine Mammal Center and was cleared to join Mystic Aquarium’s collection.

Ziggy Star’s new home will be in the Pacific Northwest Exhibit, an area at the Aquarium that was specially designed and built for northern fur seals. She will be joining 7 harbor seals and 2 male northern fur seals.

If you’d like to help Ziggy Star with her $15,000 trip and care here, donations can be made at


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