Seal shelter in the Netherlands
Actually, that with this tin basin with sitting in it TOBB seal pup and began the history of research and rehabilitation center known biologist and animal welfare advocates Leni 't Hart in a small Dutch village Pieterburen, near Groningen.
It is now one of the largest in the world of seal shelters where center staff and volunteers returned to the wild animals of those who are affected by human actions on the pressure that it exerts on the environment.
In the waters of the Wadden Sea (it is still known as Vadenzee - the place itself is unique, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - common seal and gray (dlinnomordy), two species of seals live. Now, including the efforts of the Dutch and German animal advocates, the number of these seals is restored to normal, although they conducted cruel hunting until 1962
Activity Center Ms. Leni 't Hart is funded entirely from private sources, by sponsorship donations. Sloth has an amazing ability to find funds for its activities - a year it collects for two and a half million euros from about 55,000 donors. Now the state of the center are 29 full-time employees - doctors, biologists and 20 volunteers from around the world who are drawn here of knowledge and experience. In particular, Lenny worked great savior of seals in Vladivostok Laura Beloivan.
Leni disseminates its expertise to other regions, in particular, continues to fight for a ban on the seal hunt in the Caspian Sea, and in a conversation with me spoke words of gratitude to Vladimir Putin, who closed the hunt whitecoat and Circo in the Russian North. Since the beginning of work of the center in 1971 in the sea returned 14,000 animals. So the Dutch are trying to protect their wildlife. How does the seal shelter Leni 't Hart?
Now here is a "basin for seals" from Leni 't Hart. Note that the center is not allowed with the dogs, but they put a cage with bedding and water.
The center is located about ten pools of different sizes with simulated sea salt water and visitors can watch the animals being very close.
The perfect cleanliness and order. However, this feature of the Dutch in general.
Inside the café, and a lot of different interesting things for kids. Useful information desk for drawing and, most importantly, for all that is going on inside the center, visitors can observe themselves.
Well, for example, this is the kitchen, where they prepare food for the animals. All in the mind.
seal food, by the way, the center spends about 180 million euros per year.
where you can chat with and so tyulenyatami. They all come here in different ways: someone brought fishermen, somewhere Scout are on the beach, at the center has its own rescue team. The Dutchman, saw a wounded animal, is obliged by law to report the discovery of the phone 112. Since these seals are in the center in Leni.
And here it is feeding time. John task to drive out of the pool with the help of a grid of all the animals in the cage and begin feeding. One of the timid, could not expel.
Those kids who come here still quite inexperienced, do not know how to eat and they have to feed. Then it goes through, they quickly learn from the neighbors in the basin.
Seals, despite its appearance, there is very strong and can bite, so that Mama Do not Cry. Therefore, for them, the eyes and the eyes.
Among them are terribly curious. What is it in your hand?
more experienced guys do not require care and grab the fish themselves, with pleasure. Normal diet - two or three fish.
That is, until the newcomer is fed, seasoned flippers peel a bucket: - Come again!
In one of the boxes hospital is preparing to X-ray for a seal, whose digestive problems. Employees wear protective aprons.
Now the main thing - to fix the patient. His are wrapped in a damp towel and immobilize.
Toddler placed on the contact screen and on top of the X-ray machine makes a picture.
The radiologist then looks at the results of the study.
In the quarantine, where newly arrived patients, the same thing happens - X-ray of an animal that is suffering from dehydration. In addition, there is still a lot of problems, such as lung worms.
And now the fish. Fish went well and the doctors are satisfied.
This in Leni called "It's a Beautiful Day" - a day when they go to the beach to let the will of the center's patients, healthy and prepared for independent life. We had a long drive the whole string of cars on the polders, in the back of the van - six wooden crates.
We went to the beach. Here the main character is, of course, myself, Mrs. Leni 't Hart.
The box with one of the seal bears Andre van Gemmert - a longtime colleague and collaborator Lenny. Pay attention to the paper, pasted on the box - all the animals in the center have their own names.
The boys, who are sitting on a box with a seal named Yomi, the ones who found him six months ago on the beach, fishing strangled network. Today they release him, strong and healthy, back in his element.
A small PR campaign: Leni shows that with the help of local companies raised a further 5,000 euros to the center of the work.
And now, sweet moment of freedom. The doors are raised and seals cheerfully crawl to ice water Vadenzee. Another moment - and they hide in the water.
They are still sailing together, sometimes looking at the people. How are you, good-bye!
We are still looking at them, the children's tears in his eyes.
When a seal pup whiskers are bent at the ends to hang, so he is not well. A healthy they happily stick, so that's white anntenkami. Hey folks, welcome!