To provide the lobster with a safe home, the restaurant reached out to officials at the Akron Zoo who connected them with the Virginia Living Museum, where Freckles will now live.
“Calico-colored lobsters like Freckles are so rare because their coloring makes them very visible and thus vulnerable to predators,” the Red Lobster spokesperson said. “Because a calico-colored lobster is so rare and vulnerable in the wild, it was important that we found him a good home versus setting him free in the wild where he likely would not survive.”
“We hope Freckles brings lots of joy to guests of the museum and lives a long and wonderful life,” 대변인이 말했다.
4 월 29, two Virginia Living Museum employees traveled to Manassas and collected the lobster from the restaurant tank. They then transported Freckles to the museum in Newport News, the museum said in a press release Tuesday.
After a veterinary evaluation and quarantining for 30 days to make sure he is still healthy, Freckles will join the museum’s public exhibit in its Chesapeake Bay Gallery.
“We see this as an opportunity to share nature’s anomaly with guests, as well as continue important education about sustainable seafood practices and significant conservation,” Chris Crippen, the museum’s senior director of Animal Welfare and Conservation, 성명에서 말했다.
The Virginia Living Museum is home to natural exhibits including animals, plants, reptiles and birds. The museum and Red Lobster have partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, 어느 “is committed to choosing sustainable seafood for healthier oceans, now and for future generations,” 성명은 말했다.