Now Nafanya, named after a Soviet-era cartoon character, lives in an aquarium on the Russian mainland.
Yulia Frolova, head of the Akvatoria aquarium, says playful, friendly Nafanya has quickly adapted to life among people.
“She has a good appetite, and always seems in a happy mood. She is such an unusual seal with very beautiful bright blue eyes. When she arrived, she was tired after the long flight, but soon picked up her appetite.”
Though still in month-long quarantine, Nafanya will soon swim among the aquarium’s other creatures. Frolova believes that Nafanya’s loneliness will be a thing of the past. “We will make sure she has a happy life in our dolphinarium.”