Photo: Kolmårdens djurpark

Saved seal pups allowed to stay at zoo

Swedish Television News reports that the seal pups dubbed Anders and Benjamin will be allowed to stay at the Kolmården Zoo for the time being, rather than released into the wild as the law requires.

Experts say they would die if that were to happen in the immediate future.

The pups were found in two separate incidents in the last two weeks after they had wandered inland. One was found by a bike lane in Oxelösund, the other by a river in central Norrköping. Worried local residents called the police, who took the animals to the zoo. They were both reported to be in poor condition.

Under Swedish law, wild animals are not allowed to be taken to zoos or animal parks.

Now the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly granted dispensation to Kolmården to keep Anders and Benjamin for the time being.

The zoo is to consult with the county authorities in Östergötland and Sörmland about the best time to return the pups to the wild.

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