YOU’D think cuddles from an elephant seal would end in a full-on crush – but this pup is just about small enough for a hug. Canadian Charlene Fritz, 35, enjoyed the special encounter at Snow Hill Island in the Antarctic Peninsula. The baby was only two months old but already weighed a whopping 200lb. Fortunately the yoga enthusiast was able to perform a reclining hero pose to prolong the magical encounter. Charlene, who recorded the footage in December 2011 but has only just released it, made sure not to directly touch or approach the animal in accordance with advice. Baby elephant seals are often left unattended by their parents until they pluck up the courage to head out to sea.
Videographer / Director: Charlene Fritz
Producer: John Balson / Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters
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