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SYDNEY - The world's only captive leopard seal, which washed up in Sydney with a shark bite to his abdomen seven years ago, has been put down at an Australian zoo, officials said Thursday. Credit: Flickr/Henrico Prins Casey stopped eating at the start of the year and his health and condition deteriorated to such an extent that he had to be euthanised. "We are very saddened by the passing of Casey the Leopard seal," Taronga Zoo in Sydney said. Leopard seals' natural habitat is the frigid waters of the Antarctic, but a wounded Casey found himself on shores south of Sydney in 2007. Nursed back to health, he found a home at Taronga Zoo and became one of its most popular residents. He was...

A seal pup washed onto land during a violent storm in Looe, Cornwall, England. The seal most likely was caught in flooding that swept through the town, the Cornish Guardian reports. The stranded pup was caught on camera maneuvering down the streets and back into the water. Alan Kelly, 40, a resident of Looe, witnessed the sight in person and recorded the bizarre scene. "At first I thought it was just a bin bag but then I realized it was a seal. It was just there and off it went into the water - this seal went for a bit of an adventure," Kelly said. The washing ashore of seals during high tides is not rare in Cornwall at this time of year. It often happens when the pups are separated...

Seal Narrowly Escapes Hungry Shark

Nature can be brutal, and predators are going to feast on prey, but every once in a while we like to see the little guys win one by outwitting those higher up on the food chain. That's why we love these photographs of a seal barely escaping the jaws of a hungry shark.…

Islands Filled With Animals

The typical trip to Disney World starting to bore you and your brood? Sick of seeing people dressed up as animals instead of the real deal? These animal-filled oases are your answer. Each of these islands has become a travel go-to thanks to their welcoming animal residents. Get up close with puffins, swim with pigs and tan with tortoises, just by following PawNation's simple travel guide. See what wonderful creatures of these animal islands hold, and then get your travel agent on the phone....

A harbormaster captured rare footage of a harbor seal giving birth on a dock between yachts at Elliot Bay Marina in Seattle. Typically, harbor seals deliver their babies on the shore, on ice floes or in the water, but this particular mommy-to-be couldn't get to any of those places before popping out her baby seal. Brian Kaloper, the harbormaster, found it peculiar that the seal decided to rest on the dock. When he checked the security camera, he noticed something even stranger: She was giving birth. "It was pretty incredible," Kaloper said. Watch the video below to see the incredible sight for yourself....

If you're a zookeeper who plays saxophone on the side, it may be inevitable that you one day decide to share your hobby with the animals you see at work every day, because who's to say they won't love it? In the case of Steve, an elephant seal keeper at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, things panned out well. Steve played a solo for Casey the seal, who it turns out loves smooth jazz. "You can see his body language is really curious," says marine mammal supervisor Ryan. "He's sort of snaking backwards and forwards, trying to suss out what is Steve doing." Casey may not be able to figure out where the music comes from, but we're sure he knows it's smooooth....