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A cute baby seal just a few days old rolls around in the snow, causing the online community to melt.(QP)

With their adorable big round eyes and fluffy white fur, these baby seals are cute enough to melt any heart.

The harp seals, aged between two and 10-days-old, roll around in the snow and explore their new surroundings.

The adorable scene was captured in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada, by Belgian photographer Ellen Cuylaerts.


Snow cute: With their adorable big round eyes and fluffy white fur, these baby seals are cute enough to melt any heart


Brrrilliant: The harp seals, aged between two and 10-days-old, roll around in the snow and explore their new surroundings


The 44-year-old spent three days with the seals when she visited a breeding site earlier this month.

Cuylaerts, of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, says: ‘It’s truly beautiful to watch the little ones get all cosy on the ice.

‘They shuffle around, rest, and start squealing when feeding time comes and they’re hungry.

‘To be there, in the middle of their habitat, was a really great experience.

‘The pups basically fill their days with sleeping, eating and getting fat. They spend their first 12 days feeding on very high fat milk from their mothers.’

 

Cuylaerts, who visited the seals with her husband Michael, watched as the newborns’ coats lost there yellow hue and turned completely white


Cuylaerts said that the biggest threat against the seal population is humans

Having gained the trust of the seals, Cuylaerts was able to get within one metre of the pups by lying flat on her stomach and shuffling slowly towards them.

Cuylaerts, who visited the seals with her husband Michael, watched as the newborns’ coats lost there yellow hue and turned completely white and fluffy over the course of two days.

The fur of the harp seal, a species native to the northernmost Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Arctic Ocean, is a highly valued commodity, and animal rights groups continue to campaign against hunters who target seals.

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