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    Default Ice helps seal tackle cold phobia

    The seals usually live in Arctic waters

    An Arctic hooded seal with an apparent aversion to the cold is overcoming his phobia with the aid of an ice machine.
    Sahara hit the headlines when he twice swam more than 1,000 miles from his native arctic waters to the decidedly warmer Canaries.
    Each time he was rescued and returned to the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary.
    The ice machine makes half a tonne of ice each day for him to sit on in a bid to create an environment which is a bit more like his natural home.
    "We obviously thought it was going to be a hotter summer than it has been," said Rachael Vine from the sanctuary.

    He likes to crunch it and rub his nose in it
    Rachael Vine, Cornwall Seal Sanctuary

    "But it's still been pretty balmy compared to the average summer temperatures in the Arctic."
    The sanctuary at Gweek was loaned the ice-maker by a firm in Ipswich for the summer and it has been set up at the side of his pool.
    He fled to the opposite end of his enclosure when staff first started shovelling in the ice, but the cold treatment now seems to be working.
    "He really enjoys sitting on the ice now and also likes to crunch it and rub his nose in it," said Ms Vine.
    "We don't think it will be long now before Sahara is a proper ice-loving Alaskan seal again."
    Arctic seals are solitary creatures who spend much of the year alone - only seeking out other seals to breed. He is the only Arctic hooded seal being cared for in the UK

    Sahara is currently the only Arctic hooded seal being cared for in the UK.
    The two-year-old was originally rescued after being found on a beach in the Canary Islands in April 2007.
    Malnourished and bald, he was nursed backed to health at the Gweek sanctuary.
    He was then released last October after being transported by road, sea and air back to his natural habitat near the Orkney Islands. But after swimming more than 1,000 miles in the wrong direction he was rescued by a Spanish sanctuary before returning once again to Cornwall.

    BBC NEWS | England | Cornwall | Ice helps seal tackle cold phobia

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    awwwww why can't they just keep him somewhere warm?
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    ^^I know...he clearly knows something and is trying to tell people!!!

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    aww, he looks like an overripe slug.
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    Aww...little sweetie.

    I'm in favour of animals living in the wild as much as possible, but if he's making himself ill to get back to to warmer water, perhaps he should stay somewhere warm and cosy??

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    He just likes it where he is. They should just keep him there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    ^^I know...he clearly knows something and is trying to tell people!!!
    So true and he is so adorable!
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    Maybe the seals are evolving to be able to live without ice?

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