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Not so 'Feisty' New Animal at the Zoo

ABQ BioPark's new seal laid back, despite his moniker.
Although Feisty is a proven survivor, he doesn't necessarily live up to his name.

The 25-year-old seal came to the ABQ BioPark Zoo in late November. He was on quarantine for a few weeks before moving in with his exhibit mates - three other seals and one sea lion - at the zoo's Seals and Sea Lions exhibit.

Despite his name, he's pretty calm and is adjusting to his new surroundings.

"He's doing very well," said Shelly Dicks, ABQ BioPark Zookeeper Supervisor. "He's very mellow and laid back. While he was on quarantine, the trainers got to know him and his personality. He has a lot of trained behaviors, which makes him great to work with and very interactive."

He's also a good looking guy - Dicks noted the seal's "big, cute eyes."

In June 2012, severe flooding in Duluth, Minn., liberated a number of animals from the Lake Superior Zoo, including Feisty. He soon became locally famous after photos of him wiggling across Duluth's Grand Avenue surfaced. He was transferred to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, where he lived for several years before coming to Albuquerque.