If you’re not a fan of cute baby animals, then look away.
Penny, a newborn harbor seal pup, was found Saturday at the Sands Beach Club in Long Island after she was separated from her mother.
Struggling against the surf, she was quickly surrounded by beachgoers as the authorities were called. She was transported to a marine mammal hospital by the Riverhead Foundation for Research and Preservation.
Robert DiGiovanni, director and senior biologist at Riverhead Foundation, told The Observer that it was unclear how she became separated from her mother. Her mother may have tried to return to her but was dissuaded by the crowd, Mr. DiGiovanni said.
At only two and a half feet long, her umbilical cord was still attached when she was found. Animal care officials said they plan to return her to the wild after six to eight weeks.
“The animals dictate how long they stay, so Penny will be here until she is ready,” Mr. DiGiovanni said.
One thing is for sure: Penny is totally the new Nemo.
See a video of Penny here: