Svavar Garðarsson, one of the 274 residents of Búðardalur town, has constructed a special pool to rescue seal pups, RÚV reports. The two pups were born last spring in the Family Park and Zoo in Reykjavík. However, they were to be slaughtered due to a lack of space in the zoo. Svavar stepped in to rescue the seals and he says that residents of the town and travellers alike enjoy having the seals around.
The newest residents of Búðardalur have not yet been given names since their arrival. They have, however, made themselves at home in the pool and have entertained town residents with their lively antics. The two pups arrived last week as Svavar was granted a permit to construct the pool in the port area of Búðardalur. "It is first and foremost to save the lives of these pups who were born in the Family Park and Zoo. These pups would have been slaughtered if this project had not been in preparation this summer" said Svavar.
Svavar eventually plans to get permission to release the seals into nature but current legislature for animal protection does not allow their release. Svavar had this to say when asked what it is about seals that he admires: "They are a very social creature. They are also a beautiful species and friendly as well there being no problems around them". When asked if any expertise was needed for handling the seals he said: "Nothing beyond a normal human mind and feeding them as well as seeing to that they feel good and are without want. They are curious and enjoy being looked at, and there is a lot of that"