Another black seal pup rescued from Dutch coast

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Rare black seal pup rescued near Egmond aan Zee, 29 Feb 2016 (Photo: @dezeekust/Twitter). (Rare black seal pup rescued near Egmond aan Zee, 29 Feb 2016 (Photo: @dezeekust/Twitter))

Seal center Pieterburen took in another, very rare, jet black seal pup, the second in a month. This animal also has melanism, the opposite of albinism that turns its coat completely back.

The young seal was found completely exhausted on an artificial sandbank near Egmond aan Zee on Monday. She had some superficial injuries, but nothing more serious, according to ANP. The public will be able to see her from Wednesday.

Pieterburen is now the temporary home of two seal pups with albinism. Last month another one was rescued. Both are about two months old and presumably got separated from their mother.

The seal center is looking for a university or research center willing to do DNA tests on the two seal pups, to check whether they are related.

 

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