Sija and Babyface had been living together at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in the UK, where they struck up a forbidden romance. Although Babyface, a male aged 37, was thought to be too old to reproduce, the pair alarmed their keepers by conceiving an offspring. After the birth, Sija was given contraceptive pills, but then she became pregnant again - leading the facility to take drastic action.
Earlier this year, Sija was torn away from Babyface and moved to the Weymouth Sea Life park 160 miles away, where she now lives with other females. Perhaps sensing that the lovesick seal was saddened to be without her longtime mate, her new handlers decided to give them a way to connect - via FaceTime video chat.