• Grey seal Chaliapin: his arias spread around the Center

  • Female grey seal Novikovа shows good appetite and gain weight. She is grateful for her saving to the police lieutenant Alexander Novikov, who went on thin ice to take her

  • Aina, a female gray seal, eats fish and pleases zoologists with calm character

  • This is Laeska. She was found on March 20, near the Leningrad NPP, in Sosnovy Bor

  • Kid Nanomekkerike or Kroshik, male Ladoga ringed seal, weighing only 4 kg

  • Seal pup still misses his mother and is in need of affection

  • Pasha, a female Ladoga ringed seal, got its name after the river in the Leningrad region

  • This cutie is Lesya Vasileoostrovskaya, Ladoga seal, delivered to the Center from Vasilevsky Island by the natives of Ukraine

  • The second year patient Baltic ringed seal Baby Inger is ready for release, which is to be held in May

Kindergarten for Seal Pups 2016: Patients Are on Recovery

This time, the season at the Center for the study and conservation of marine mammals in Repino started on March 19, and only 19 animals received rehabilitation. The founders of Baltic Seal Friends Foundation Vyacheslav Alekseev and Elena Andrievskaya continue to do everything possible to make every cub able to return to their natural habitat. And we introduce you the kids who have already received names.

This season was tense, and the main reason was the warm winter. The ice melted too early, and the result is a large number of new-born seal pups were separated from their mothers. Now the Center, located on the territory of Vodokanal of St.Petersburg treatment facilities in Repino, the suburb of St.Petersburg, has 11 gray seals, 7 Ladoga and 1 Baltic ringed seals. They have a chance to survive only with the help of experts. Many of the animals were transported in a very serious condition, and the main problems were severe malnutrition and dehydration. Today, more than half of the puppies can eat fish on their own. However, they have yet to gain weight and to wean from human society. Zoologists expect to release their patients into the wild not earlier than in two months.

The first patient of the Center this season was a female grey seal, which had arrived for rehabilitation with a broken jaw and wounds in the head, feels much better now. But so far, it seems that she never got used to the fact that the experts wish her only the best, and at each feeding she is under stress and demonstrates inappeasable character. She was called Okuneva - as the bay, where she was founded.

The most vociferous patient, male gray seal Chaliapin, is silent only at meal times - and he loves to eat. His active behavior is a good sign. Chaliapin's concerts are listened by the inmates of the neighboring boxes - female gray seals Novikova and Palkina. They have a great appetite, and their weight gain is significant. Another female gray seal, which was given the beautiful baltic name Ayna, behaves much more modest and quieter than the rest.

Ladoga seals also matured and learned to eat fish entirely. Puppy from the village Storojno weighed 4 kg at the time of receipt - such a small young puppy zoologists have not yet had to nurse. Therefore puppy was called Nanomekkerike (last year among patients was Mikromekkerike originally weighed 4.3 kg, and now his 'record' is broken). And among themselves experts call the puppy "Kroshik". Now he has put on weight a bit, but still very much misses his mother so he requires constant attention to himself and is asking for hands.

Ladoga seal from the village Sviritsa also received a name: it was decided to call her Pasha, in honor of the eponymous river in the Leningrad region. The seal from the village of Otradnoe was named Otrada - and not only in honor of the detection site. The animal does not create any problems to her rescuers, and has learned to eat on her own one of the first. But Lesya Vasileoostrovskaya, Ladoga ringed seal, which was found at the exhibition complex "Lenexpo", appeared to be a wild, rebellious and independent girl, and experts are trying not to approach to her once again. Recall that her name was given in the honor of the Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrainka, and in the honor of Vasilievsky Island.

Meanwhile, Little Inger, female Baltic ringed seal, which spent the winter at the Centre, is preparing to release. Before she goes into a separate swimming across the expanses of the Baltic Sea, zoologists will attach to her skin the satellite sensor that will track her movement and, if necessary, they will be able to help.

Foundation specialists remind: until the end of May there are still the chances to find a seal pup, which may need the help of experts. If you meet a cub pinnipeds on the shore, in any case, do not try to save it yourself. Call the hotline 699-23-99, describe the animal and its location, try to make photos and follow the instructions of zoologists. But if you want to participate in the preservation of endangered marine mammals, you can learn how to do it on the website of the Baltic Seal Friends Foundation in the section "How to help us".

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