An endangered population of freshwater seals in Finland recently received a lifeline from volunteers in the form of human-made snowbanks.
Lake Saimaa ringed seals need snow to build the lairs in which they give birth. But over the past several years, the snow cover in the region has not been deep enough to create those lairs.
Volunteers working with WWF and Metsähallitus (Parks and Wildlife Finland) spent several days on the lake building snowbanks for the seals to use.
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