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Separated seal couple keep romance alive by FaceTiming on iPads

Published 21/10/2015 | 13:28

Sija FaceTiming Babyface after the seal pair were separated and moved into sanctuaries 160 miles apart (Weymouth Sea Life/PA)
Sija FaceTiming Babyface after the seal pair were separated and moved into sanctuaries 160 miles apart (Weymouth Sea Life/PA)

A loved-up seal couple who beat the odds to conceive two pups while on the contraceptive pill are keeping their romance alive by FaceTiming each other on iPads.

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Mother Sija and father Babyface fell for each other while living together at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

The couple surprised staff by falling pregnant despite Sija being on the pill and Babyface's old age of 37 - one of the oldest seals in captivity.

The pair were separated this summer and moved into sanctuaries 160 miles apart to avoid them conceiving any more pups.

But they are using the latest in technology - dubbed SealTime - to keep the spark in their relationship.

Fiona Smith, displays curator at Weymouth Sea Life, where Sija is living, said: "At first the seals were both unsure about approaching 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 at Weymouth Sea Life, so we're really pleased that SealTime is a success."

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