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Baby seal rescued from shore of Pitt River

Members of the Coquitlam RCMP and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre rescue a baby seal from the bank of the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam Tuesday afternoon. - DIANE STRANDBERG/THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Members of the Coquitlam RCMP and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre rescue a baby seal from the bank of the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam Tuesday afternoon.
— image credit: DIANE STRANDBERG/THE TRI-CITY NEWS

A baby seal will have a new lease on life after it was rescued from the shore of the Pitt River near Peace Park in Port Coquitlam Tuesday.

Members of the Coquitlam RCMP and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre scooped up the newborn — with its umbilical cord still attached — and placed it in an animal carrier.

"It's nice to close a file with a good end," said Const. Eric Lauzon, who, with Const. Sarah Brown waited for the rescue team to arrive Tuesday afternoon after placing a wrap over the seal to give it some shade.

Const. Brown and Const. Lauzon said they grew attached to the little seal in just a short time.

"He's so cute," Const. Brown said.

A few passersby who noted the seal in the water late last night and this morning returned to the scene Tuesday to make sure the seal was OK.

Craig Labranche was one of several people in the park who were concerned about the seal and called the Vancouver Aquarium.

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