Animal Rescue Update: Help Us Say Goodbye to Ponyboy!

Animal Rescue Update

Our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams have been busy performing physical exams on our sea turtle and seal patients that last few weeks. We’re proud to announce that grey seal Ponyboy is ready for release! Ponyboy was admitted for rehabilitation on Sunday, March 31 (Easter) from Ocean City, MD. He required treatment for a severe wound to his left front flipper, and a mild respiratory infection.

grey seal

Ponyboy’s flipper injury was quite severe, though the cause of the wound is unknown. The injury healed well with minor surgery and routine wound treatment. Recent x-rays of the affected area indicate that the bone has healed well with no signs of infection, and Ponyboy is using his flipper normally.

grey seal

Ponyboy was named after the same character from the 1980’s movie The Outsiders, (this year’s naming theme is Bratpack movies)! He will be released just north of the inlet at Ocean City, Maryland on Wednesday, June 12 at 11 am. We’d like to invite our local community to join us on the beach for Ponyboy’s release!

If you can’t join us to person to say goodbye to Ponyboy, wish him well on our Facebook page or on Twitter!

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6 Responses to “Animal Rescue Update: Help Us Say Goodbye to Ponyboy!”


  1. 1 Michael Rogers June 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    just “north of the inlet” is rather vague… lol what street? are cameras allowed?

    • 2 National Aquarium June 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Michael! We are still awaiting confirmation on where exactly the release will be taking place in that area. That said, cameras will definitely be allowed!

  2. 3 Michael Rogers June 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I guess I will start at the inlet and work my way up town :)

  3. 4 Johanna Sisson June 12, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Any word yet on an exact location?

    • 5 National Aquarium June 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Hi Johanna! For those looking to join our team this morning, we suggest parking at the north end of the inlet parking lot. Look for our team by the fishing pier!


  1. 1 Rescued Grey Seal, Ponyboy, Has Been Released! | National Aquarium | WATERblog Trackback on June 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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