The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, Cornwall, is a sanctuary for injured seal pups and sea lions. It attracts around 100,000 visitors a year, and the permanent residents enjoy seeing lots of new friendly faces.
Lockdown life gets lonely
So a few weeks after the centre closed its doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, staff noticed that the seals and sea lions were getting a little lonely.
So they started a bring your 'pooch to work' day to keep the animals entertained. And it proved to be a big hit with the locals! Jana Sirova is general manager of the sanctuary. She told the Metro:
"The animals were very intrigued to see dogs again on site and enjoyed interacting with them."
Dudley, a Golden Retriever, proved especially popular. He even made special friends with a seal called Willow.
And then there was puppy Hugo and sea lion Ayla; they met via the underwater viewing area and just couldn't get enough of each other!
The sanctuary is facing the third month without human visitors and is struggling to cover its £23,000 a month operating costs!
The sanctuary recently launched a 'seal appeal' for donations via social media and JustGiving.com. You can find more info at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary Facebook page.
The pooches have done their bit. Now it's time for the humans to step up!