Here help the seals to survive.
In a small Dutch village Pieterburen is one of the world’s largest seal shelters, where center staff and volunteers return to the wild those animals that have suffered from human actions, from the pressure which it exerts on nature.
Since the beginning of the work of the center in 1971, and the sea returned 14 000 animals. So the Dutch are trying to protect their fauna. How does the seal shelter Leni ‘t HART?
Photos and text of Rustem Adagamov
In fact, here in this tin bowl sitting in it the pup Tobbe started the history of research and rehabilitation center well-known biologist and animal activist Leni ‘t HART of the Netherlands in a small village Pieterburen, near Groningen.
In the waters of the Wadden sea (it is also known as Bodensee – the place itself is unique, a listed world heritage site) is home to two species of seal – common seal and grey (glennamaddy). Now, including efforts of Dutch and German animal advocates, the number of these seals are restored to normal, although they were fierce hunting until 1962
The activities of the centre, Ms. Leni ‘t HART is fully funded from private sources, through sponsorship donations. Leni has an amazing ability to find funds for its activities in the year it collects two and a half million euros from about 55 000 donors. Now the centre is staffed with 29 permanent staff members – doctors, biologists and 20 volunteers from around the world who gain here knowledge and experience.
The center is located about a dozen pools of different sizes with simulated marine salt water and visitors can watch the animals being very close:
Perfect cleanliness and order. However, this Dutch trait as a whole:
Inside the cafe and a lot of interesting for kids. Useful information, a table for drawing and, most importantly, what goes on inside the centre visitors can watch for yourself:
Well, for example, is the kitchen where food is prepared for animals. All in the mind:
On seal a meal, by the way, spends about 180 000 euros per year:
Here you could chat with the pups. They all get here in different ways: someone brought fishermen, somewhere glazastik find on the shore, the centre has its own rescue team. The Dutchman, seeing a wounded animal, is obliged by law to report it by calling 112. So these seals are in the center of the Laziness.
And it’s feeding time. The task of John to expel from the pool with a grid of all the animals in the enclosure and start feeding. For one, the very fearful, to expel failed:
Those kids that come here still quite inexperienced, do not know themselves there and they need to feed. Then it passes, they learn quickly from the neighbors by the pool.
Seals, despite their appearance, the creatures are very strong and can bite so that Mama do not cry. Therefore, behind them the eye Yes an eye.
Among them is awfully curious. What’s that in your hand?
The more experienced guys don’t need to be patronized and grab the fish themselves, with pleasure. Normal diet – two or three fish:
Here and there, while rookie fed, seasoned flippers pounding on the bucket: – Come again!
In one of the hospital there is a preparation for fluoroscopy to seal, which digestive problems. Staff wear protective aprons:
The main thing now is to fix the patient. It is wrapped in a wet towel and immobilize:
Baby put on the contact screen and the top x-ray machine take a picture:
The radiologist then looks at the results of the study:
In quarantine, where newly arrived patients, the same thing happens – radiograph of an animal that is suffering from dehydration. In addition, there is still a lot of problems, like lung worms:
And now fish. The fish went well and the doctors are satisfied:
It’s called Laziness “It’s a Beautiful Day” is a day when they go to the beach to let the will of patients, healthy and prepared for independent life. We’re going a long column of vehicles on the polders in the back of the van six wooden boxes:
We went to the beach. Here the main character, of course, the mistress Leni ‘t HART:
A box of one of the seals bears Andre van Gemmert, a longtime colleague and collaborator, Leni. Note the paper glued to the box all the animals in the centre have their own names:
The boys who sit on the box with the seal called Yomi, the ones that found him six months ago on the beach, strangled in a fishing net. Today they release him, strong and healthy, back in his element:
A little PR campaign: Leni shows local companies collected 5,000 euros for the work of the centre:
And here it is, the sweet moment of freedom. The door rises and seals cheerfully crawl to the icy water Waddenzee. Another moment and they were hiding in the water:
They still swim together, sometimes looking at people. How are you, good-bye!
We still look at them, the children’s tears.
When the pup moustache bent at the ends, hanging, then it is unhealthy. And healthy they happily stick out, like that white antenkami. Hey people, welcome!
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