Ice Seal Did Not Have Rabies

WILMINGTON -- The ice seal that washed up on Wrightsville Beach last Friday did not have rabies as was feared.

The seal had to be put down Tuesday evening, after it bit a Virginia Aquarium employee.

The ice seal, known as "Bald Bill," was transported to Virginia Beach immediately after it was rescued from the shore of Wrightsville Beach last week.

Although officials said that rabies in marine mammals is rare, they tested just in case.

The seal had to be killed for the test because it required a brain tissue sample.

Reported by Joe Keiley