Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

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In the small Dutch village of Peterbüren is locatedone of the world's largest seal shelterswhere the center staff and volunteers return to the wild nature of those animals that have suffered from human actions, from the pressure that it exerts on nature.

Since the center began operations in 1971, 14,000 animals returned to the sea. So the Dutch are trying to protect their wildlife. How does Seal Shelter Leni 't Hart?

Actually, the story of the research and rehabilitation center of the famous biologist and animal advocate Leni 't Hart in the small Dutch village of Peterbyuren, not far from Groningen, began with this tin basin with the seals sitting therein Tobbe.

 

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

In the waters of the Wadden Sea (it is also known as Wadensee - a place in itself unique, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List) two species of seals inhabit - the common seal and the gray (long) sea seal. Now, including the efforts of the Dutch and German defenders of animals, the number of these seals has been restored to normal, although they were fiercely hunted until 1962.

Ms. Leni 't Hart’s center is fully funded from private sources, through sponsorship donations. Leni has an amazing ability to find funds for her activities - she collects two and a half million euros a year from about 55,000 donors. Now the center has 29 full-time employees - doctors, biologists and 20 volunteers from around the world who are gaining knowledge and experience. In particular, Lena had a wonderful seal rescuer in Vladivostok, Laura Beloivan.

Leni spreads her experience to other regions, in particular, she continues the struggle to ban seals hunting in the Caspian Sea, and in an interview with me, I thanked Vladimir Putin, who had closed the hunt for whitewash and serk in the Russian North.

This is now the "seal for the seals" of Leni 't Hart. Please note that they are not allowed in the center with dogs, but a cage with litter and water is placed for them:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

There are about a dozen pools of various sizes located on the territory of the center with imitation of sea salt water and visitors can watch the animals while being very close:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Perfect cleanliness and order.However, this is a Dutch trait in general:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Inside the cafe and a lot of different interesting things for kids. Useful information, a drawing table and, most importantly, visitors can watch everything that happens inside the center:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Well, for example, this is the kitchen, where they prepare food for animals. Everything in sight:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

By the way, the seal spends about 180,000 euros per year for seals:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Here you can communicate with seals. They all come here in different ways: fishermen bring someone, somewhere they find eye-pockets on the shore, the center also has its own rescue team. A Dutchman, upon seeing a wounded animal, is obliged by law to report a find by telephone 112. So these seals find themselves in the center of Leni.

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

And now it's time for feeding. John's task to drive out of the pool using the grid of all animals in the aviary and start feeding. One, the most fearful, could not be expelled:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Those babies who come here as yet inexperienced do not know how to eat themselves and have to be fed. Then it passes, they quickly learn from their neighbors in the pool.

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

The seals, despite their appearance, the creatures are very strong and can bite so that the mother does not grieve. Therefore, behind them is an eye and an eye.

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Among them there are terribly curious. What is it in your hand?

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

The guys do not need more care and take care of the fish themselves, with pleasure. The usual diet - two or three fish:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Here and here, while the newbie is fed, the seasoned lupit flipper on the bucket: - Let's go again!

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

In one of the hospital boxes is preparing for fluoroscopy for the seal, which has digestive problems. Employees wear protective aprons:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Now the main thing - to fix the patient. He is wrapped in a wet towel and immobilized:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

The kid is put on a contact screen and a picture is taken from above with an X-ray machine:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

The radiologist immediately looks at the results of the study:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

In the quarantine, where the patients have just arrived, the same thing happens - an x-ray of an animal that suffers from dehydration. In addition, there are still a lot of problems, such as pulmonary worms:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

And now the fish. The fish went well and the doctors are happy:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

This is called Lena's “It's a Beautiful Day” - this is the day when they go to the seashore to set free the patients of the center who are healthy and prepared for independent living. We drive for a long time in a whole column of polders, in the back of a van are six wooden boxes:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

We arrived at the seashore. Here, the main protagonist, of course, is Mrs. Leni 't Hart herself:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

A box with one of the seals is carried by Andre van Gemmert - a longtime colleague and ally of Leni. Pay attention to the piece of paper pasted on the box - all the animals in the center have their own names:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

The boys who sit on a box with a seal named Yomi are those who found him half a year ago on the shore, half strangled by a fishing net. Today they release it, strong and healthy, back to their element:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

Little PR campaign: Leni shows that with the help of local companies, another 5,000 euros were raised for the work of the center:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

And here he is, the sweet moment of freedom. The doors rise and the seals cheerfully crawl to the icy water of Wadensee. Another moment and they are hiding in the water:

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

They still float together, sometimes looking at people. How are you there, goodbye!

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

We are still looking at them, children have tears in their eyes.

Seal shelter in the Netherlands

When a baby seal mustache bend at the ends, hang, it means it is unhealthy. And in healthy ones, they joyfully stick out, with such white antennas.

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