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Seal pups 'abandoned' on Swedish beach

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Seal pups 'abandoned' on Swedish beach
09:50 CEST+02:00
Small and fuzzy seal pups currently lining southern Swedish beaches have caused quite a stir, as many concerned callers to the police have worried that the pups have been helplessly abandoned on the beach.

The seals are no cause for concern however, reported local newspaper Hallands Nyheter.

“There's nothing strange at all about seal pups being on their own at this time of year,” said Magnus Bartholdsson of the Halland police force to Hallands Nyheter.

“Either the mother is out fishing, or she's rejected the pups because they're old enough to get by on their own, and they will be just fine as long as nobody touches them,” Bartholdsson explained.

This isn't the first time that the lonely little pups have caused confusion, and Halland's police force is accustomed to dealing with the many calls from the public.

“The same thing happens every year around this time. People don't understand that mamma seal is out fishing, and that she doesn't dare return to her pup because people are standing too close by, watching them,” said police officer Stefan Dahlhielm to the TT news agency.

He advises curious bystanders to stay a couple of hundred metres away, so that the seals can calmly return to take care of their pups.

“The kids are big enough now to lie on the beach and wait for their mothers. It's perfectly natural,” Dahlhielm said.

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