Here at Animals Melt my Heart, we realize that all animals want to feel safe, loved — and eat a decent meal or two. So when an injured Earless Seal arrived at the Okhotsk Tokkari Center in Monbetsu, Hokkaido Japan, his comfort was the ultimate goal.
After you see what happened at the rescue center, you’re likely to agree that this seal’s caretakers achieved their mission — and then some.
You see, this particular shelter focuses on helping Earless Seals specifically. Although these guys are not on the endangered list, they certainly are not at the top of the food chain, either.
IT’S DANGEROUS OUT THERE
Sadly, many of these seals living off the coast of Japan suffer different injuries. A lot of these seals get caught up in fishing nets — also, larger fish prey on these sweet animals.
You’re allowed to visit the center — and you get to do some really neat stuff too. You can learn an abundance of information, especially about the ecology of these sea creatures.
And the best part is that you can even hang out and interact with the seals while you’re there.
The Okhotsk Tokkari Center is the only facility in the country that homes these injured seals. Also, the Okhotsk Tokkari Center is Japan’s only marine conservation facility — making it extremely important.
Now, this Earless Seal is a very special occupant of the Okhotsk Tokkari Center. While living at the facility, the volunteers wanted the amazing little guy to feel extra loved.
So, they gave him a stuffed animal, but it looked exactly like him! Once the seal realized that the stuffed animal was all his, he was so excited.
After hours of carrying the stuffed animal on his back, the seal hugged the toy and smiled for the cameras. Clearly, he feels loved, safe, and cared for.
It never fails to warm our hearts when we see an animal so full of joy. His face says it all. Have you ever seen a seal smile so big?
Please share this Earless Seal’s adorable story. As for the Okhotsk Tokkari Center, they are doing an amazing job at bringing awareness to marine life across Japan!
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