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    Orphan Walrus Sent to NYC Aquarium

    In this photo taken July 22, 2012 and provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center, a Pacific walrus male calf is under care at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska after it was stranded near Barrow. The calf is estimated to be 4- to 6-weeks old. Officials report a large group of walrus floated on sea ice past Barrow July 17, and believe this calf became separated from them. Barrow fishermen saw the calf in a lagoon. (AP Photo/Alaska SeaLife Center)

    Alaska SeaLife Center / AP Photo

    This is the sweetest story you will read all day. A 234-pound orphaned walrus will arrive at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn on Thursday after an improbable journey from Alaska. Mitik, the walrus calf, was shipped from Alaska in a crate the size of a FedEx cargo jet and was accompanied by a veterinarian and a handler. Only a few aquariums in the country even exhibit walruses. Mitik will join 30-year-old Nuka and 17-year-old Kulu at the Coney Island facility.

    Read it at The New York Times