Mitik, the adorable 236 pound Walrus seen in the video above, is beginning to thrive at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium in Coney Island.
According to the New York Aquarium, Mitik, or Mit as he is more affectionately known, was discovered on the coast of Alaska by fishermen, tragically orphaned. After receiving care for a variety of health problems at the Alaska SeaLife Center, Mit has seemed to bounced back, and was welcomed to his new home in Coney Island, where he receives constant care.
In a report in the New York Times, Mit’s favorite toy is a plastic bucket, he loves swimming in the large pool at the aquarium, and he has finally gotten a taste of his first solid food, surf clams.
“He’s hitting every milestone we’re hoping to see,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, to the Times. “He still has some issues with his bladder, but they are trending in the right direction. Behaviorally, he’s doing great and we’re feeling good about his progress.”
The Times, in recognizing Mit’s unlimited level of cuteness, had this to say about what it’s like to be around Mit,
With his curious, playful personality and expressive eyes, it is tempting, aquarium officials say, to think of Mit as a big, slippery toddler. (The giant bottle of formula does not help.) He still needs — and receives — a lot of human contact. “He likes us to be physical, grab his flippers and roll him over,” Ms. Hiatt said. “And he still really loves to snuggle in close.”
Those dying to get a peek of the snuggable baby walrus Mit will have to wait to till next spring when he joins the other walruses at the aquarium, including 17-year-old Kulu and 30-year-old Nuka.