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SEAL PUP'S SWIMMING LESSON

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Zookeepers at a popular Devon tourist attraction are providing swimming lessons for a tiny seal pup.

The 10-week-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.

As part of his parental duties senior keeper Mr Mach takes an hour-long daily swim with the adorable pup.

SEAL SWIM VIDEO 1 from Neil Hope on Vimeo.