World's (probably) oldest seal will be 35

The world’s oldest seal probably lives in Sweden. Her name is Ellen, she lives at the Slottsskogen Park in Gothenburg, and Monday is her 35th birthday.

Anna Nilsson, head of the zoo at Slottsskogen, tells the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten that not only is Ellen the oldest harbor seal in captivity in Sweden, “her age is even unusual if you look around the world”.

But, she also tells the newspaper, Ellen is in her twilight years and “we’re happy for every day she’s with us.”

Monday’s event is to celebrated with balloons, posters, and, probably more to Ellen’s taste, herring.

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