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Tuesday, 19th June 2012
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Baby seal enjoys swimming in Japanese river

A baby seal was discovered enjoying the sun at the mouth of the Sagamigawa river in the Kanagawa Prefecture at the weekend (June 17th).

It was spotted by a passerby who alerted police to its presence, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

Measuring around one metre in length, police said that it appeared to perfectly healthy and was enjoying itself.

A spokesperson from the nearby Enoshima Aquarium at Fujisawa said that its appearance was very rare, with seals only swimming into Japan around once a decade. They added that the white animal appeared to be either a ringed or spotted seal.

"When children tried to touch the seal, it really came to life. It was rolling around and so cute," Shizuo Miyama, a 67-year-old who saw the seal told the news provider.

Seals are very popular animals in Japan and earlier this year a programme was launched to provide robotic pet seals to people who had lost their homes in last year's tsunami in a bid to help them combat depression.

Written by Mark Smith