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    Jan 12, 2012

    Heartbreaking Seal Orphanage In The Netherlands

    Heartbreaking and yet somehow still cute. Due to severe storms that have recently battered their coast, there's been an epidemic of orphaned seals in the Netherlands. Fortunately, there are teams of selfless volunteers nursing these adorable castaways back to health.

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    Storms that have lashed the Dutch coast this year have created a wave of orphaned baby seals, some so young their umbilical cords are still attached, wrenched from their mothers and washed up on beaches and dikes. An existing seal rehabilitation and research center near the northern city of Groningen has been so inundated with pups and older seals in recent weeks it has erected a temporary tent to house them while they are nurtured back to health before being returned to the wild.

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