Baby harbor sea pup born at Moody Gardens

Biologists say they don't yet know Riley's sex, but it weighs in at an estimated 20 pounds. (Moody Gardens)

December 14, 2011 10:56:54 AM PST
There's a new addition to Moody Gardens in Galveston. 'Riley,' a harbor sea pup was born there Sunday.

Biologists say they don't yet know the sea pup's sex, but it weighs in at an estimated 20 pounds. We're told Riley and her mother, Presley, are spending time together bonding through activities like nursing and exploring the North Pacific seal exhibit.

"Nursing and sleeping are healthy behaviors for a pup. Right now Riley is curious about the environment and is quickly adapting to its surroundings," said Animal Husbandry Manager Greg Whittaker in a releases sent out by Moody Gardens on Wednesday.

Riley is the child of Presley and Porter. Moody Gardens says Porter was rescued off the coast of Maine after being abandoned by his mother and has been at Moody Gardens since 2001. Presley came to Moody Gardens in 2006, coming over from the Memphis Zoo.