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Endangered species: Greek animal charity says orphan seal Andriana is expected to survive

  • Andrianna a one-month old female Mediterranean monk seal is wiped with towel after its swimming at the Attica  Zoological Park in Spata, eastern Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The orphaned seal, was found four weeks ago by local residents on the Aegean Island of Skopelos, central Greece and its veterinary condition was critical. The pup is currently in an intensive treatment program at MOm’s Mediterranean monk seal First Aid Unit, which has been provided by Attica Zoological Park. Around 350 Mediterranean monk seals, Monachus-Monachus, rare species of mammals, live in Greece according MOm, Greek Society For The Study and Protection of The Mediterranean Monk Seal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Andrianna a one-month old female Mediterranean monk seal is wiped with towel after its swimming at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, eastern Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The orphaned seal, was found four weeks ago by local residents on the Aegean Island of Skopelos, central Greece and its veterinary condition was critical. The pup is currently in an intensive treatment program at MOm’s Mediterranean monk seal First Aid Unit, which has been provided by Attica Zoological Park. Around 350 Mediterranean monk seals, Monachus-Monachus, rare species of mammals, live in Greece according MOm, Greek Society For The Study and Protection of The Mediterranean Monk Seal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Marianna Psaradelli, Rescue and Information Network Coordination of MOm, takes Andrianna, a one-month old female Mediterranean monk seal, out of water at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, eastern Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The orphaned seal, was found four weeks ago by local residents on the Aegean Island of Skopelos, central Greece and its veterinary condition was critical. The pup is currently in an intensive treatment program at MOm’s Mediterranean monk seal First Aid Unit, which has been provided by Attica Zoological Park. Around 350 Mediterranean monk seals, Monachus-Monachus, rare species of mammals, live in Greece according MOm, Greek Society For The Study and Protection of The Mediterranean Monk Seal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Marianna Psaradelli, Rescue and Information Network Coordination of MOm, takes Andrianna, a one-month old female Mediterranean monk seal, out of water at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, eastern Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The orphaned seal, was found four weeks ago by local residents on the Aegean Island of Skopelos, central Greece and its veterinary condition was critical. The pup is currently in an intensive treatment program at MOm’s Mediterranean monk seal First Aid Unit, which has been provided by Attica Zoological Park. Around 350 Mediterranean monk seals, Monachus-Monachus, rare species of mammals, live in Greece according MOm, Greek Society For The Study and Protection of The Mediterranean Monk Seal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A volunteer holds, Andrianna a one-month old female Mediterranean monk seal as Marianna Psaradelli, Rescue and Information Network Coordination of MOm, feeds the mammal at the Attica  Zoological Park in Spata, eastern Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The orphaned seal, was found four weeks ago by local residents on the Aegean Island of Skopelos, central Greece and its veterinary condition was critical. The pup is currently in an intensive treatment program at MOm’s Mediterranean monk seal First Aid Unit, which has been provided by Attica Zoological Park. Around 350 Mediterranean monk seals, Monachus-Monachus, rare species of mammals, live in Greece according MOm, Greek Society For The Study and Protection of The Mediterranean Monk Seal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A volunteer holds, Andrianna a one-month old female Mediterranean monk seal as Marianna Psaradelli, Rescue and Information Network Coordination of MOm, feeds the mammal at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, eastern Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The orphaned seal, was found four weeks ago by local residents on the Aegean Island of Skopelos, central Greece and its veterinary condition was critical. The pup is currently in an intensive treatment program at MOm’s Mediterranean monk seal First Aid Unit, which has been provided by Attica Zoological Park. Around 350 Mediterranean monk seals, Monachus-Monachus, rare species of mammals, live in Greece according MOm, Greek Society For The Study and Protection of The Mediterranean Monk Seal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

An animal charity in Greece says an orphaned baby seal from an endangered species is likely to survive after receiving 25 days of treatment at a zoo near Athens.

One-month-old Mediterranean monk seal Andriana was found in November on the Aegean Sea island of Skopelos, critically ill after being separated from her mother for at least five days.

Marianna Psaradellis, rescue coordinator at the Athens-based seal protection organization MOm, told the AP Thursday that Andriana had responded well to medication and gained weight. She is to be released in a protected marine park on the island of Alonissos in March, fitted with a satellite tracker.

MOm says 600 seals of the species remain alive, most in Greece.

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Hellenic Society for Study and Protection of Monk Seals: http://www.mom.gr