There are few things cuter than a seal — except perhaps for one hugging a plushie version of itself.
This seal at Mombetsu Land, an attraction in Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture, was handed a soft toy seal by zoo staff.
It was clearly love at first sight for the seal, who even let its furry new companion go for a ride on its back.
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This earless seal even gives his stuffed buddy a piggy-back ride!
Knowing that this love story was too cute not to share, the center published photos on Twitter. And the public seemed to agree, sharing the tweet more than 26,000 times.
— アザラシシーパラダイス【公式】 (@aguhiyori) February 23, 2017