10/21/2012 10:30 am ET Updated Dec 21, 2012

Orphaned Walrus On The Mend In Brooklyn

CONEY ISLAND -- An orphaned walrus that was rescued off the Alaskan coast in July and was facing death months ago is growing hearty and healthy under the care of Brooklyn veterinarians.

Mitik, who has been at the New York Aquarium, run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, for a week now, is receiving around-the-clock care from trained staff and vets that oversee his bottle feeding every four hours. The walrus calf last weighed in at 242 pounds, having gained nearly ten pounds since his arrivial, and caretakers say he's gaining about a pound a day.