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Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

SeaLife Center cares for abandoned seal pup

The Alaska SeaLife Center's Rescue and Rehabilitation Program is caring for an abandoned ringed seal pup rescued in Nome. The pup arrived at the center May 20. Nicknamed Janus for the Roman God of good beginnings, it is the first seal the center has cared for in 2003.

The center was first contacted May 19, after a Nome resident observed the stranded seal on a local beach, picked it up and turned it over to Alaska State Troopers.

Working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, troopers contacted the center, and within a few hours, rehabilitation staff members were on the road to Anchorage and the seal was on a plane from Nome.

Upon arrival, rehabilitation staff found the pup, about 3 weeks old, was moderately dehydrated and underweight and has a minor eyelid abrasion. The pup now weighs about 10 pounds and is being fed a milk substitute formula.

Within a couple days, staff will add blended fish to the ringed seal formula, and the pup will eventually be weaned onto a solid fish diet.

The pup could be returned to the Nome area in 10 to 12 weeks.

Janus is only the third ringed seal that has been brought to the SeaLife Center. In 2001, staff members rehabilitated and released Sadie, a ringed seal from near Kotzebue.

Homer Community Schools offers summer classes

Homer Community Schools will hold registration for summer classes from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 to 5 at Homer High School. Two new classes have been added to the summer program schedule. For more information, call (907) 235-6090.

Imaging and Personal Development for Modeling, Film, TV and Theater Auditions Learn how to build a modeling portfolio and prepare for theater, TV commercials and-or film roles. The class will be taught by Carol Carlson, formerly of Carlson's Company, who has been a casting director for regional and national commercials and films. She is the past president and board member of Alaska Theatre North and also has helped models audition for runway shows.

The class will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 to 19 in the Green Room at Homer High School. There is a 15-person maximum. The class costs $155 and preregistration is required.

Beginning Tumbling for Boys and Girls These classes are appropriate for children who can do cartwheels and somersaults. However, it will be too easy for children who are able to do front and back walkovers. Two sessions are available.

Session 1 will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 17 through July 10. Children ages 6 to 8 will meet from 10 to 1:45 a.m., and children ages 9 to 12 will meet from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Session 2 will be Mondays and Wednesdays, July 14 through Aug. 6. Children ages 6 to 8 will meet from 5:15 to 6 p.m., and children ages 9 to 12 will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. All classes cost $30. The younger age group has a five-person minimum and 10-person maximum. The older age group will have a five-person minimum and 12-person maximum.

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