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SHOTLIST:

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Mystic, Connecticut - March 27, 2013

1. Wide of the rescued harbor seal pup going up a special ramp installed to make it easier to haul herself out of the water

2. Close up of the seal pup swimming in a special tank at the aquarium

3. Medium shot of main entrance at Mystic Aquarium

4. SOUNDBITE: Allison Tuttle/Mystic Aquarium Veterinarian (transcript below)

5. Medium of the seal eating a fish on the ramp

6. Close up of Allison Tuttle pointing at an x-ray of the seal pup's injuries before amputation

7. NATS UP: (voice of) Allison Tuttle/Mystic Aquarium Veterinarian (transcript below)

8. Medium shot of pup beginning to go up ramp, then changing her mind and going back into the water

9. Medium shot of x-ray of the seal pup's injuries after amputation

10. SOUNDBITE: Allison Tuttle/Mystic Aquarium Veterinarian (transcript below)

11. Close up of seal in water

12. Medium shot of visitors watching seal in water

13. SOUNDBITE: Sharlene Cirillo/Mystic Aquarium Visitor (transcript below)

14. Various of the seal pup swimming and using her left front flipper to guide her and compensate for the lost back flipper

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VOICE OVER SCRIPT

THIS HARBOR SEAL PUP IS ADJUSTING TO LIFE AFTER ONE OF HER TWO HIND FLIPPERS WAS AMPUTATED.

THE SEAL WAS FOUND BATTERED AND LIFELESS LAST SUMMER ON A MASSACHUSETTS BEACH.

SHE WAS NAMED PUP 49... AFTER THE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER SHE WAS GIVEN WHEN SHE WAS RESCUED AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY AN OLDER SEAL.

THE MAMMAL WAS THEN BROUGHT TO MYSTIC AQUARIUM IN CONNECTICUT.

SOUNDBITE: Allison Tuttle/Mystic Aquarium veterinarian

"She had a respiratory infection as well as wounds around her body, especially on those rear flippers. The wounds on the rear flippers were actually very infected and very deep."

SURGEONS REMOVED ONE OF HER FLIPPERS TO PREVENT A STUBBORN INFECTION FROM SPREADING THROUGHOUT HER BODY.

AN X-RAY SHOWS THE SEAL PUP'S INJURIES BEFORE THE SURGERY.

NATS "The normal side is reflected here, if you compared side by side you can see how the bones were incredibly diseased."

THE DECISION TO REMOVE THE FLIPPER WAS NOT TAKEN LIGHTLY - THAT'S BECAUSE REAR FLIPPERS ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.

SOUNDBITE: Allison Tuttle/Mystic Aquarium veterinarian

"That's the part of their body that they use to propel themselves through the water, that's how they get their momentum while swimming. And that's mostly how they direct themselves while swimming in the water."

WHEN PUP 49 SWIMS, SHE USES HER LEFT FRONT FLIPPER TO HELP GUIDE, RUDDER AND KEEP HERSELF STRAIGHT.

THE SEAL WILL CONTINUE TO RECOVER AT MYSTIC WHERE SHE'S CHARMING VISITORS AND CARE GIVERS.

SOUNDBITE: Sharlene Cirillo/Mystic Aquarium Visitor

"It amazing what we can do for people and animals today with the techniques we have so its great to be able to see her swimming around."

PUP 49 WON'T BE RELEASED INTO THE WILD BECAUSE SHE'S WEAKER AND A LESS AGILE SWIMMER COMPARED WITH SEALS WITH TWO FLIPPERS.

FOR NOW, THE SEAL WILL REMAIN AT MYSTIC AQUARIUM UNTIL A PERMANENT HOME IS FOUND.

NICOLE GRETHER, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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