RWE Dea assumes sponsorship for Juris, the grey seal
Juris, the grey seal, is very happy about its new sponsors: the employees of the Holstein production facility are sponsoring the grey seal in the seal sanctuary in Friedrichskoog. The sponsorship includes Juris’ food and medical care.
The seal sanctuary has rescued and cared for common seals and grey seals under one roof since 1985. The whole area with its 800 square metre aquarium is carefully designed to sim-ulate the animals’ natural habitat, making them feel right at home. In particular, the sanctuary staff cares for orphaned seal pups too young to be separated from their mother. Seal pups occasionally appear in the Mittelplate vicinity and are brought to the seal sanctuary.
Unlike other orphaned seal pups nursed back to health and then released back into the ocean, Juris is one of seven permanent residents in the sanctuary. Juris was born in 2005 in the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Klaipeda and has been living in Friedrichskoog since 2006. He is easily identifiable among the other animals by his very dark fur. He cheerfully frolics around the aquarium. At eight years old, he is in the prime of his life. Given the opportunity, he calls for everyone’s attention and likes to perform in front of an audience. Curious by nature, he is eager to learn even if he does not always understand everything straight away. But once the penny has dropped, he likes to show what he has learned.
RWE Dea will continue to sponsor seal pups raised in the seal sanctuary and released back into the wild in the future. The next four seal pups fount by RWE Dea employees near Mittelplate and brought to the sanctuary will be named after deserving Dea employees: Wilhelm, Horst, Kirstin and Alexandra.
“The Mittelplate project has been firmly entrenched in the region for more than 25 years now. Our involvement demonstrates our commitment to preserving environmentally sensitive natu-ral areas and their natural inhabitants – the seals,” explains Thomas Kainer, Head of the Holstein Production District. “Seals are symbols of the fascinating Wadden Sea tidelands and must be protected. By becoming proactively involved, we want to make people aware of this.”
Source: RWE Dea AG