While visiting the Sea Life Trust Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, Cornwall, a dachshund named Stanley met rescue seal named Aayla, and they immediately became the best of friends.
Helen Le Caplain of Kennedy News and Media first reported the best buddies. Melanie Talbot, Stanley’s human, captured the photos of the moment Stanley and Aayla rubbed their noses on the glass partition and then posed for the camera.
According to Le Caplain, the two animals’ encounter lasted about 20 minutes. Talbot believed that seal swam to meet Stanley because he looked like an eel after wearing a fleece snood that covered his ears.
“Stanley had his snood on over his ears too because it was cold that day – maybe that’s why she came up to him and was so inquisitive,” Talbot told Le Caplain in an interview. “I couldn’t believe it when they posed up, I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
Talbot added that it was a great moment to see between her two-year-old dachshund and the adopted seal. “It was so lovely and such a heartwarming thing to see. When I looked at the photo I captured, it just made me think that friendships can blossom in any animals – it was nice to see different species form such a bond.”
Georgina Shannon, marketing manager at Sea Life Trust Cornish Seal Sanctuary, confirmed that Aayla is really a playful seal. “Her favorite activity is to sneak up [on] the [sanctuary] team, and to pester the other seals when sunbathing.”
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