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National Zoological Park's Seal Pup "Grendel", by Cohen, Jessie, 1980, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2003-19502.

December 20, 1980

Grendel, a thirty-five pound, thirty-six inch long gray seal pup, is born at the National Zoological Park. Grendel is one of only ten grey seal pups to have been born and survived in captivity in the United States.More

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