Long-distance love: smitten seals stay in touch using FaceTime
Published 03/11/2015 | 14:46
Anyone who has grappled with a long-distance relationship knows that it takes hard work in order to be a success.
One couple who seem to have cracked the concept are seals Sija and her beau Babyface.
Last year, staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary were very surprised when the loved up duo, who have been together for seven years, conceived two seal pups despite Sija being on the contraceptive pill.
In order to prevent any more surprise pregnancies, the pair were separated with Sija being moved to a sanctuary 257km away.
She now resides in a female-only enclosure in Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park while Babyface has remained at the sanctuary in Cornwall.
Trainers report that Sija is "thriving and happy" in her new home but they were conscious that the pair must be missing each other.
Cue an iPad with FaceTime capability. Or should that be 'SealTime'.
"At first the seals were both unsure about the iPad, but once they saw each other they nosed up to it, which was really nice to see.
“It’s definitely the most hi-tech enclosure we have so we’re really pleased that SealTime is a success," Fiona Smith, curator at Weymouth said.
We have one piece of advice for Babyface.
Don't say you're going to call if you're not. Don't even think about it.