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• October 29, 2012 • 12:29 PM

This plush harp seal does little more than coo, move its head and tail, and bat its long lashes, but it’s a hit with patients.

This plush harp seal does little more than coo, move its head and tail, and bat its long lashes, but it's a hit with patients.

This plush harp seal does little more than coo, move its head and tail, and bat its long lashes, but it’s a hit with patients.

Joel Smith
Joel Smith is a web producer at Pacific Standard. His previous work includes seven years as a staff writer and media editor at the Pacific Northwest Inlander, the alternative weekly in Spokane, Washington.

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