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***LATEST NEWS***

Zookeepers at a popular Devon tourist attraction are providing swimming lessons - for a tiny seal pup!
The 10-week-old old South American seal pup, hand reared by keepers when her mother was unable to produce milk, has
dipped her toes - or in this case her flippers – into the water for the first time at Torquay’s Living Coasts Zoo & Aquarium.
Saved from certain death by a diet of around-the-clock fish ‘smoothies’ – a mix of double cream, fish puree, vitamins and
minerals – surrogate parent Libor Mach has cared for the as-yet-unnamed youngster since she was separated from her
mother at only a few days old.
The plucky youngster now weighs in at a healthy 11.5kg and is gaining between 100-200 grams per day. As part of his
parental duties Senior Keeper Libor takes an hour-long daily swim with the adorable pup.

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