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Checkup training for aquarium animals gets seal of approval

TOBA, Mie -- The seals, sea lions and walruses at the Toba Aquarium here are getting poked and prodded by staff training to give them health checkups, though the animals don't seem to mind so much.

    The handlers are undergoing "husbandry training" -- techniques designed to get the animals to cooperate willingly in their own examinations. Cooperation means getting good daily care as well as physical examinations, preventing illnesses or catching them early through weight and body temperature checks, blood work, and ultrasound exams. The "patients" even get their nails trimmed. (Original Japanese text courtesy of Toba Aquarium)

    Click on the video above to see how you take a blood sample from a brown fur seal.

    A seal undergoes a blood test in this frame grab from a video provided by Toba Aquarium, in Toba, Mie Prefecture.

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