Before Hurricane Sandy hit earlier this week, New York was taken with the arrival of another unexpected visitor: Mitik, a 236-pound, 15-week old orphaned baby walrus that the New York Aquarium in Coney Island adopted from Alaska earlier this month. And though some of NYC’s other domesticated critters weren’t so lucky, we’re happy to report that thanks to round-the-clock care from the aquarium’s staff Mitik weathered the storm like a champ and is alive and well. “As an orphaned calf, [Mitik] was experiencing some health issues when he came to us as a rescue,” said aquarium executive vice president Jim Breheny. “We have been monitoring his condition carefully since his arrival and continued this around-the-clock care throughout the duration of the storm.”

“He’s a little fighter,” aquarium director Jon Forrest told the Daily News earlier this month. “He’s kind of a typical New Yorker: he’s opinionated and he sticks up for himself, but if you get to know him, he’s totally sweet.”

(Photo: Julia Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society)