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PHOTOS: How Cornwall's seals and otters celebrate Halloween

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3:32pm 31st October 2017

Residents at Cornwall's seal sanctuary have been getting into the Halloween spirit.

The grey seals in Gweek were given a spooky Halloween themed ice fish cake.

But the team had to find a different way for the otters to join in the fun, after Apricot needed to have four teeth removed.

seal sanctuary halloween

Apricot is an Asian short-clawed Otter and has lived at the sanctuary with her partner Harris for the past two years.

The animal care team became concerned as Apricot wasn't her usual self and had completely gone off her food. After a trip to Head and Head vets it was confirmed she need the operation.

After having the procedure, she was given a long lasting antibiotic and has recovered really well, but has been put on a strict diet and has to have her food blended so it's nice and easy for her to eat whilst she heals.

seal sanctuary halloween

So the team decided to find a way to give the otters a treat so they could join in on the Halloween fun.

The team carved a pumpkin and filled it with hay, blended beef and blended fish.

Apricot and Harris loved their Pumpkin surprise, it didn't take them long to find the hidden food treats!

seal sanctuary halloween

Natalie Dyer, animal care team member and head of enrichment for the Sanctuary said: "It's so much fun experimenting with different enrichment ideas for our residents, making fish ice-cakes has become my forte!"

"With Apricot feeling under the weather, we wanted to make sure she wasn't left out of the fun and we're all really pleased she managed to have a little Halloween treat too!"

The team use enrichment like this in their everyday work with the resident animals at the sanctuary.

Enrichment and training is how the Sanctuary keeps all of their residents happy and busy throughout the day. This training is tailored to an individual creatures needs.

This is not only great for the animals; it also helps the team look after them as it allows them to carry out the regular daily checks required.

seal sanctuary halloween

3:32pm 31st October 2017

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