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January 13, 2012
Dutch nursery cares for slew of orphaned seal pups
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- 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 nursery 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 in tanks and baths while they are nurtured back to health. They will eventually be returned to the wild.
Storms and high tides create problems for seals because the sand banks where they bask remain underwater, said Lenie 't Hart, who founded the nursery formally known as the Seal Rehabilitation and Research Center.
American volunteer Torrey Utne, of Boston, Massachusetts, said Thursday that in the last 10 days, more than 100 seals have been brought to the center for treatment and it now houses some 350 of the marine mammals. (10 images)



A volunteer feeds a seal a herring at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong


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Volunteers feed seals at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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A volunteer feeds a seal a paste of mashed herring and some medicaments at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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A volunteer feeds a seal a herring at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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A volunteer feeds a seal a herring at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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A volunteer, right, puts medicaments inside herring to be fed to seals at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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Seals swim and rest in a tank at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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Three seals in a tank wait to be fed at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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Two seals swim in a tank at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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A seal swims in a tank at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of the town of Groningen, northern Netherlands, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Peter Dejong



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