Sanctuary in D Minor
Nothing soothes a sickly seal pup like a spot of classical music, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary has discovered.
The Sanctuary’s animal care team has been flat out caring for 37 rescued pups so far this winter, and has found that playing classical tunes helps relax the patients and make them more cooperative.
A bit of Bach it seems, takes the bark out of a feisty grey seal pup, while a modicum on Mendelssohn can also ease the menace of an infant sea mammal on the mend!
The strategy has been such a success in fact, that the Sanctuary decided to serve up its casualties a festive treat of classical flute playing from professional flautist Claire Rowe.
Claire, aged 33, of Polmennor Road, Falmouth, regaled her whiskered and blubbery audience with a mixture of Mozart and other classical melodies and traditional Christmas tunes on 20th December.
“It was certainly one of the strangest bookings I’ve ever received,” said Claire, a former wind orchestra member and now private music tutor who has been a flautist most of her life.
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