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Sad seal pups surface at seaside sanctuaries

The Local · 10 Jun 2012, 13:02

Published: 10 Jun 2012 13:02 GMT+02:00

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Tiny Greta was the first pup to arrive at the seal sanctuary and breeding centre in Norddeich. Lower Saxony. She was found at the end of May after seemingly having been abandoned by her mother when curious tourists came too close

Seal experts at the centre have been caring for Greta, fattening her up to a healthy weight of eight kilos. Sanctuary staff said on Friday that she was a vision of health and spends most of the day snoozing.

Click here for pictures of this year's seal pups

A second pair of pups, Butz and Lia, were found near the town of Cuxhaven and brought straight to Norddeich. They too are being cared for and providing they are in good enough health, will be released into the wild with Greta later in the summer.

The Norddeich centre, which lies on the North Sea coast, along with another sanctuary in Friedrichskoog in Schleswig-Holstein take in between 70 and 80 Heuler every year.

Meaning “to wail” in German, the pups are called Heuler because of the crying sound they make when they're left alone and hungry.

Both centres care for the babies all summer, feeding them up and watching them grow. In August, healthy ones are released back into the wild.

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03:01 June 11, 2012 by DOZ
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18:17 June 15, 2012 by kerry1
O Great, you will ove the seals, but be warned. What is happening now in Ireland

is that you have too many seals,they are now attacking the fishing nets, costing thousands of euros to repair not mention a reduction of fish stock as they attack the nets when stocked fish. Now you have an overbalance of seals, and as they are protected species they can do nothing. Of course, I am not advocating any cruel actions, but culling is the only way.
11:44 June 20, 2012 by Floriansamsel
Many thanks to the people who care for those little and helpless creatures.

@kerry 1

We don't have too many seals, the fish has gone and, as everywhere in the world, this is a man-made problem because the big fishing fleets have been fishing much too much. So please don't put the blame on the seals. First, we take away their food and then we kill them. That's mankind's logic - how sad and stupid.
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