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Malnourished walrus calves rescued, make trip to Alaska's big city for treatment

Lt. Joe Klinker / US Coast Guard via AP

In this photo taken Monday July 30, 2012, an Alaska SeaLife Center employee prepares a walrus calf for transport aboard a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane in Barrow, Alaska. The Coast Guard crew assisted Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska SeaLife Center personnel transporting three malnourished walrus calves to Anchorage for care.

KTUU-TV reports -- A Pacific walrus calf has been taken in by the Alaska SeaLife Center after apparently becoming separated from its herd earlier this month near Barrow.

Center staff say the male calf, estimated to be four to six weeks old, was spotted by fishermen Saturday in North Salt Lagoon, after a large group of walrus passed Barrow on floating ice July 17. The calf was rescued by members of the North Slope Borough's Department of Wildlife Management after observation and approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, then placed under the care of a veterinarian.

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David Mosely / U.S. Coast Guard via AP

In this photo take Monday July 30, 2012, two U.S. Coast Guard crew members aboard a HC-130 Hercules airplane transfer a baby walrus from the plane to an Air Force truck at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska.