Mitik the Baby Walrus Safe After Hurricane Sandy

Sybille Castro/Alaska SeaLife Center

updated 10/31/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 10/31/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET

As Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast Monday evening, hectic winds and serious flooding stirred the homes of millions of New Yorkers – including Mitik the baby walrus.

The once-orphaned New York Aquarium resident, who made his way to Coney Island, Brooklyn, from Alaska earlier this month, is safe and sound after the storm, reports New York World.

The 14-acre aquarium, however, was underwater after the storm made landfall. Still, caretakers stayed with the 236-lb. calf, and they didn’t let the weather interfere with Mitik’s routine.

“As an orphaned calf, he was experiencing some health issues when he came to us as a rescue,” says Jim Breheny, executive vice president of the aquarium, via statement. “We have been monitoring his condition carefully since his arrival and continued this around-the-clock care throughout the duration of the storm.”

Around the city, which experienced at least 19 deaths linked to the storm (according to the New York Daily News), the Wildlife Conservation Society’s four zoos in the Bronx, Queens, Prospect Park and Central Park did not seem to face any serious damage.

“All animals fared well,” Breheny adds, but the organization says a complete assessment of the storm’s effects would not be possible until the waters receded.

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