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Orphaned baby walrus finds home at Indianapolis Zoo

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 3:16 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — An orphaned baby walrus rescued this summer off the coast of Alaska has found a new home at the Indianapolis Zoo.

The male walrus named Pakak was suffering from dehydration and infested with lice when he was rescued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. He had become separated in July from a group of about 1,000 walruses off Alaska's northern coast.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Pakak weighed 250 pounds and was about 4 to 6 weeks old, making him too young to be without his mother.

He's currently housed at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, pending his departure for the Indianapolis Zoo.

His trip to Indianapolis has not yet been scheduled, but once he arrives at the zoo he'll be placed in a 30-day quarantine.