annemarieAnneMarie van der Wurf from the Netherlands - Local volunteer

"January 2010 I came in as a volunteer in the Sealcentre here in Pieterburen. It was a harsh winter.The centre was overcrowded with seals.That`s the reason why they asked people from the area to help, one or two days weekly. This was my chance to work with wild animals, also for my study as a naturopathic for animals. I visit the centre a year before when I had one of my traineeships in a Practice for Farm Animals. It was a suprise that the vet told me we had to go right away to the centre cause the first premature pup was brought in...

 

 

That was a wonderful experience. For several years I worked in seal care, then I swithed to fifty fifty, seal care and a helping hand in the office. Last years I only did some office work, once a week.This last period I work once in a fortnight. For a "pensionado" is that a good option!

I grew up with horses and that was very usefull to work with the seals now. Always be attentive,slow movements and of course, be very patient.I learned a lot from my colleagues here in the centre and unless the huge amount of work, snow, ice and very low temperatures we had a very good time. When I worked in the fish kitchen I heard collegues talked about a Grey seal pup who was called Wurfie.Very funny, cause my backname is Wurf.The police found her on the boulevard in Katwijk aan Zee. Later on I heard that in Katwijk`s dialect they called boulevard a Wurf, so that`s the reason why she get`s her name. Her eye was injured and she still had here white baby coat. All seals are special but I found Wurfie very special. She was a inventive seal, did all kind of games with ball and rubber mate and tried to stimulate her mate.

Grey Seals like to play more than Normal Seals.When I was cleaning she took a fish from the water and put it on the plateau and looked at me. She did that several times. Well I am very fond of fish but I told her to eat the fish herself and to be a big girl! She was released after three months and that`s the most glorious moment you can imagine...home...back to the sea. Unfortunaly not everywhere on this planet there is a healthy sea anymore. We are responsible for all junk and the plastic soup in water. I am happy that the Sealcentre has a lot of attention for this huge problem.We also have to take our own responsibility at home.Take care for each other, sure, but it`s very important how we handle things so that we can take NATURE in to account. My dream for the future is that all the next generations can live in a healthy world just as all the mammals can live in a healty sea."

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