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Rescued seal recovering at National Aquarium in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — A harbor seal that accidentally traveled 12 miles into central Delaware and stranded himself in mud has been rescued and is recovering at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

The seal, called Phil, was rescued last week after swimming up a river and then into an area with little water. Aquarium officials said Wednesday in a news release that Phil showed signs of declining health when he was located, and had difficulty finding food and feeding himself.

But Phil is recuperating at the aquarium’s rehabilitation center. Officials say Phil is now eating on his own. He’s being treated for dehydration and an eye infection.

Once Phil is healed, he’ll be released into the ocean.