Bill is a resident of the rehabilitation unit for orphaned seals at the Attica Zoological Park outside of Athens.
The young Mediterranean monk seal, also known as Monachus monachus, was found on a beach at a holiday resort in northern Greece without his mother and taken to the zoo where he will spend his days until he is able to reach a target weight and be re-released into the Mediterranean Sea later this year.
The young pup is one of only around 700 Mediterranean monk seals left in the wild as the seals have been victims to both fishermen and over-development.
According to Dr. Panos Dendrites from the Greek NPO Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal (MOm), Greece’s habitat for this fragile species is of vital importance and where the majority of the remaining Monk seals dwell.
“The most important remaining populations are in the eastern Mediterranean…mostly in Greece, where we find something like 400 animals,” Dr. Dendrites said according to the AP.
Currently little Bill weights in at 25 kilos and is learning to catch fish. His target weight to be released into the sea by MOm is 60 kilos and biologists expect him to reach that weight later on this year.
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