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Okhotsk Tokkari Center Staff Give Plushie Toy to Rescued Seal, Love Blossoms, Internet Star is Born


Jessica Stewart writes: The delighted seal lives at the Okhotsk Tokkari Center in Japan’s Hokkaido Prefecture, and was given a stuffed toy in his likeness by the staff.

The staff could never have expected just how much the seal, who is being hand-reared after being rescued due to injury, would take to his new friend. Cuddles abound, as he gleefully hugged his mini-me, even giving him a ride on his back!


The center, which is Japan’s only marine conservation facility, specializes in sheltering earless seals. In fact, tokkari is the Ainu word for earless seal. … (read more)



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