Cute seal pup charms Baikal before heading back to the wild
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A small, very fluffy, and extremely friendly Baikal Seal pup was returned safely to Lake Baikal in Baikalsk, Wednesday after taking a shine to a local fisherman and ending up stranded on land. Fisherman Anatoli Akulov said he was quietly fishing when the little pup swam up to him and basically refused to go away. He then scooped it up and took it home. From there he phoned the local emergency services to ask how to deal with his fluffy friend and was advised that it would have to go back to Lake Baikal immediately. Seals become strongly attached to those around them very quickly, making it difficult for them wild to return to the wild unless they are quickly released outside of captivity. Shortly after emergency services responded to Akulov's phone call, the seal pup was wrapped in a blanket and taken out in a boat so it could re-join other seals in the world's deepest lake.