Mystic Aquarium ambassador recovering after surgery

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Ziggy Star still shines at Mystic Aquarium.

Back in November, the northern fur seal made news after receiving care for a series of neurologic episodes. During that time, Mystic Aquarium’s world-class veterinary team painstakingly reviewed Ziggy’s medical records and brain imaging results to determine the next course of action for the beloved fur seal.

“She was actually having some seizures and we did an MRI on her and she actually had hydrocephalus which means there was some water on her brain,” said Mystic Aquarium’s Dr. Barbara Mangold.

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Ziggy Star (Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH)

After researching all treatment possibilities, it was concluded that surgery was the best hope to manage Ziggy’s chronic condition.

Ziggy was operated on at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Boston. Mystic Aquarium’s Dr. Barbara Mangold administered the anesthesia as a shunt was put in the seal’s brain so the fluids would drain into her abdomen.

“If the fluid accumulates it now has a place to go so it won’t put pressure on her brain,” said Dr. Mangold.

The aquarium says, “We are excited to say that post-op, Ziggy Star is doing well.” So well that News 8 was invited to see her as she continues her recovery.

After a few days of well-deserved sleep, she’s now eating as much as she did before the surgery.

“She’s been making so much progress,” said her trainer Erin Gibbons. “Every single day she looks stronger.”

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The complete story of Ziggy Star’s surgery will be aired at 4:00pm on Mystic Aquarium’s premiere episode of “Aquarium Rehab,” a new Facebook show that will take a behind the scenes look at Mystic Aquarium and the stories of animals in need and the animal care professionals who help them every day.

“This is kind of ground breaking surgical procedures,” said Dr. Mangold.

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Season one of “Aquarium Rehab” debuts Wednesday and will consist of eight episodes, airing weekly at 4:00 p.m.

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

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