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Woman Seal Pool: Berlin Zoo Visitor Goes for Swim After Hours

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 01:28 PM

Monday night at the Berlin Zoo, a woman sneaked into the seal pool to swim with the seals after the park closed. Zoo authorities said she risked serious injury by swimming with the animals.

A witness told German daily Bild: "I watched as the woman stripped to her bikini and then lowered herself into the seal pool. Further back was a man taking photos," Reuters reported.

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Ragnar Keuhne, a zoo manager, said staff failed to catch the woman but would have called the police if they had.

"The woman could have been seriously injured if the seals had bitten her," he said.

The woman went into in the seal pool at 8:30 p.m. EDT, half an hour after visitors had left.

"People need to respect animal welfare in both the wild but also in captivity," said Doerte von der Reith, spokesperson for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. "To intrude into their compound is absolutely irresponsible."

The seals in the pool, Gloria and Grania, are not yet fully grown. Fur seals can vary in size from 1 to 3 meters. The pair moved to the German capital from Hanover Zoo in 2013.

Berlin Zoo's most famous resident was polar bear Knut, whose mother rejected him as a newborn leaving the fluffy white cub to be reared by a zookeeper. Thousands of visitors queued for hours to watch him frolic in his enclosure. The bear died suddenly of an epileptic fit in March 2011.

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Monday night at the Berlin Zoo, a woman sneaked into the seal pool to swim with the seals after the park closed. Zoo authorities said she risked serious injury by swimming with the animals.
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