Yulelogs, the adorable seal, recently had a remarkable birthday celebration where he received a truly special gift—a birthday cake made entirely out of ice and fish. This celebration marked his 31st birthday, and his friends wanted to ensure that it was an extraordinary day for him.
While male grey seals typically have a lifespan of around 25 years, Yulelogs is defying the odds by remaining energetic, happy, and lively at his elderly age. Since 1993, he has been a resident of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall, England, after a brief stint in the wild.
Yulelogs was initially taken in by an aquatic park in 1989 when he was just a young pup. He spent several years living at the park as part of their exhibit on Grey seals. However, after four years, the park decided to close the exhibit and released Yulelogs into the wild. But due to his extended time in captivity, Yulelogs was ill-equipped to fend for himself.
Accustomed to being fed treats by humans, Yulelogs started chasing people carrying containers on the beach, mistaking them for vessels filled with delicious fish. Concerned beach-goers reported the hungry seal’s behavior to the RSPCA, who promptly reached out to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for assistance.
After a mere three months of attempting to survive on his own, Yulelogs found his new home at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, where he has been happily enjoying their fish ever since. He has grown accustomed to his comfortable life at the sanctuary, and when presented with his birthday cake, his joy and excitement were palpable. Yulelogs beamed with delight as he received the cake, which not only served as a tasty treat but also provided him with a mental challenge as he figured out how to access the fish hidden within the ice.
The staff at the sanctuary emphasized that the birthday cake provided valuable enrichment for Yulelogs, requiring him to use his problem-solving skills to retrieve the fish. It was truly a memorable and enjoyable birthday celebration for Yulelogs, and it’s safe to say that he is eagerly anticipating next year’s festivities.
Yulelogs’ heartwarming story reminds us of the impact that care and compassion can have on the lives of animals. His journey from captivity to a loving sanctuary showcases the importance of providing a safe and nurturing environment for animals in need. Through the dedicated efforts of the sanctuary staff, Yulelogs is thriving, and his birthday celebration serves as a testament to the joy and happiness that can be found in even the simplest gestures.