Rare 'Ugly Duckling' ginger seal pup may have to be rescued by biologists

Rare 'Ugly Duckling' ginger seal pup may have to be rescued by biologists because it is shunned by the rest of its colony and could become an outcast An exceptionally rare ginger fur seal pup has been spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk  There are signs of the partial albino pup being slightly shunned on Tyuleny Island If it is rejected, wildlife specialists are ready to rescue the mammal 

By Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

Published: 09:42 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 10:21 BST, 9 September 2020

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An exceptionally rare ginger fur seal pup has been spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia.

The pinniped stands out from the rest of its colony with its colouring, blue eyes and pink flippers.

Experts say the chances of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000 and there is a risk of rejection by the rookery.

An exceptionally rare ginger fur seal pup has been spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia

An exceptionally rare ginger fur seal pup has been spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia

The pinniped stands out from the rest of its colony with its colouring, blue eyes and pink flippers

The pinniped stands out from the rest of its colony with its colouring, blue eyes and pink flippers

Experts say the chances of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000 and there is a risk of rejection by the rookery

Experts say the chances of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000 and there is a risk of rejection by the rookery

Biologist Vladimir Burkanov says that so far this fur seal on Tyuleny Island - nicknamed The Ugly Duckling - has not become a total outcast, yet there are signs of it being slightly shunned.

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