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Orphaned baby seals taken to sanctuary after storms

A seal sanctuary in The Netherlands has been overwhelmed by the arrival of hundreds of seals that have been washed up on beaches because of storms and disease.

Many of them are orphaned pups, torn from their mothers in heavy winds off the north coast of the country.

Others have been weakened by increasingly high levels of pollution and overfishing which has depleted the supplies that the seals normally rely on.

Our reporter Anna Holligan sent this report from the sanctuary just outside Groningen.

  • 18 Jan 2012
  • From the section Europe
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