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Dogs Provide A Much Needed Morale Boost For Sanctuary's Seals Who Miss Having Visitors

In the cutest news you'll see today, dogs have provided seals with a morale boost after staff at a sanctuary noticed they were missing visitors during lockdown.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary usually welcomes more than 100,000 guests each year to meet rescued seal pups and resident animals.

For the first time in 60 years, it had to close its doors during the lockdown and the animals have noticed the absence of visitors.

Staff, who have been providing extra enrichment for the animals, decided to bring their dogs in to say hello and remind them of what it is like when the sanctuary is open.

Dogs meet sealsHugo was among the canine visitors (The Cornish Seal Sanctuary)PA Media - The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Aayla, one of the grey seals, loves people to watch her from the underwater viewing area and so one dog Hugo was brought there to see her.

Dudley, a golden retriever, met grey seal Willow through a fence.


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“The animals were very intrigued to see dogs again on site and enjoyed interacting with them," a spokeswoman from the sanctuary said.

“The team have also been playing music over the speaker system to help to keep the residents calm and happy."

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The charity, which has no certain opening date, is struggling without the revenue from visitors.

It costs $28,000 per month to look after the animals at the sanctuary.

“During this closure, we have been working very hard to ensure once the time is right we can safely welcome our guests once more," Jana Sirova, general manager of the sanctuary said.

“We have put capacity restrictions in place, have implemented social distancing guidance around site, enhanced our cleaning regime, added hand sanitizer stations and installed protective equipment to keep our staff and guests safe."

Anyone who wishes to donate to the charity should visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SealAppeal