Too-friendly New Jersey seal now calls Detroit Zoo home

DETROIT, MI -- A seal named Jersey is living at the Detroit Zoo after being deemed too friendly for release back into the wild. The female gray seal first came into captivity when rescued by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey, about seven months ago.

Jersey the Seal Detroit Zoo

However, a problem arose when the rescue outfit tried to release the fin-footed, semi-aquatic marine mammal back into the wild.

"After being treated and released by the (organization), she reappeared numerous times in different locations and was clearly a little too comfortable being around people," a Marine Mammal Stranding Center statement issued Wednesday said. "When the seal was spotted being petted on a beach" in Longport, New Jersey, it was time to find her a new home.

Through the National Marine Fisheries Service, the seal rescue organization linked up with the Detroit Zoo and facilitated an adoption in November. At the time, Jersey was 9 months old.