You might remember Mitik as one of the two orphaned walrus calves that captured countless hearts a few weeks ago after he was introduced as the newest resident of the New York Aquarium at Coney Island.
Sadly, Coney Island was one of the hardest hit areas last night as Supetstorm Sandy caused all 14 acres to be submerged under flood waters. Yet, the threat of flooding and an imminent superstorm didn’t deter aquarium staff who stayed onsite through the night to attend to Mitik, who has experienced some health issues since his rescue.
Aquarium Executive Vice President Jim Breheny had this to say:
“We have been monitoring his condition carefully since his arrival and continued this around-the-clock care throughout the duration of the storm.”
This is just one heartwarming story of compassion surfacing in the light of last night’s destruction. Breheny reports that Bronx, Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens zoos were largely unaffected and that all animal inhabitants fared the storm well.