This is the moment three seal cubs found malnourished and on the verge of death are released into the sea after a steady diet of liquid fish to get their strength up.
The South American fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) were rescued after being found separately at three different locations on the Argentine coast, all of them suffering from malnourishment.
After weeks of care, they were finally released back into the sea off the coast of San Clemente del Tuyu in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires.
The first animal was rescued on 27th October off the coast of Berazategui, also in Buenos Aires Province, and was taken in by an animal rights group before being transferred to the Mundo Marino Foundation.
The second seal was found in the town of La Lucila del Mar on 10th November and the third in the spa area of La Balandra on 14th November.
All three ended up at the same foundation where they were later released together, as seen in the video clip.
Foundation vet Juan Pablo Loureiro said in a statement obtained by Newsflash that the seals’ recovery had been a challenge.
Speaking about the first seal, he said it lost a lot of weight and had breathing problems which needed treatment with antibiotics.
He added: “In order to avoid low weight, it was firstly hydrated with a liquid formula with vitamins, minerals and liquefied fish.”
The other two seals were treated for dehydration and malnourishment.
Foundation biologist Sergio Rodriguez Heredia said: “We have seen this for years that generally it is always young animals that travel further afield and spend a lot of their time searching for food as they do not have any partner to persuade them to stay in the group.”
The foundation recommends that people do not approach such animals if they find them and not to give them food or water however tempting it might be.
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