FedEx Makes a Special Delivery for Valentine’s Day: A Rare Northern Fur Seal

February 10, 2015

Seal will Meet Future Mate in Boston

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 10, 2015— A couple of special northern fur seals will have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day this year with a little help from FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX).

Commander, a nearly 300-pound 11-year-old male northern fur seal, was transported via a donated FedEx flight from Seattle to Boston.  Commander will soon meet Ursula, a 16-year-old female northern fur seal, one of the species’ last reproductively viable females in an American zoo or aquarium.

The number of northern fur seals in U.S. aquariums has dwindled to just nine, and the rendezvous, just in time for Valentine’s Day, is part of a breeding collaboration between the Seattle Aquarium and the New England Aquarium designed to increase the population.

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