Remember the tear-jerking tale of the Russian ginger seal pup who was rejected by its family and community for being different?
Good news: it has a new home. Joy to the world!
Originally named Nathan, the pup was rescued and moved to the country's leading aquarium. There, they discovered he was a she and renamed her Nafanya, after a lookalike Soviet-era cartoon character. Now, little Nafanya is reportedly thriving, has a great appetite and enjoys playing with her toys, especially a small, blue ball.
Best news of all: she has a webcam! You can check out Nafanya in all her blue-eyed, ginger-furred glory daily between 2 and 8 a.m. EST.
I don't know about you, but I'm a little misty-eyed with happiness. Somebody get me a tissue!
I'd like to make it clear that while I'm not a fan of keeping wild animals captive, there are certainly exceptions. This seal was a guaranteed goner if she was left to fend for herself. Poor little lady. I'm glad she was rescued.