"If there's one message I'm getting out, it's if you see a seal on the beach, let him be. Often mom is coming back. And call the seal rescue group in your area so we can check it out."
Onion Flake, on the other hand, wasn't an orphan. Just really, really unlucky.
"He was what's called a weanling when rescued," Zagzebski explains. "He had probably been on his own for two or three months by that time and he just got sick."