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Six baby seals have been found decapitated in New Zealand in what wildlife rangers on Wednesday branded a "cruel and senseless" act against a protected species.
The bodies of the New Zealand fur seal pups were found by a tourism operator on Monday at Scenery Nook near the South Island city of Christchurch, the Department of Conservation said.
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The department's local operations manager Andy Thompson said the animals, which are protected under New Zealand law, were estimated to be 11 months old.
"Due to the disturbing, brutal and violent nature of this crime... it has been reported to the police," he said.
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Thompson said the seals' heads were nowhere to be found and it appeared they had been killed elsewhere then dumped in the beauty spot...
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