“Ugly Duckling” Seal Became An Outcast In His Colony

Apparently, albino seals are extremely rare, so it was no surprise that a ginger seal spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia was cause for excitement. Scientists working in the area noticed that the baby seal appeared to be an outcast in his community, so they dubbed him the “ugly duckling.” According to biologist Vladimir Burkanov, who is working in the area, the albino seal pup has not become a total outcast, but there are signs of it being slightly shunned. Though he looks well-fed and is very active, the other seals don’t pay much attention to him. The good news is that the other seals have not chased or bitten him. The ginger pup is believed to have poor eyesight, so he’s being monitored by wildlife specialists. If it turns out that he’s completely rejected, they’re ready to rescue him and place him in a dolphinarium.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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