Holiday gifts came a little early at the New England Aquarium, which was presented last week with a rare 4-month-old fur seal pup from Alaska, where it was found motherless, underweight, and dehydrated, the aquarium said.

The pup, who is described as “lovable but feisty,” was found in Sand Point, an Aleutian island. Someone had placed the 9.5-pound pup in a box and left him on the doorstep of the Department of Fish and Game. The only hint of the seal’s