Rosie Start to New Year
Grey seal Rosie has started the New Year in need of being rescued by The National Seal Sanctuary on the 1st January 2009 from Porthgwidden beach, St Ives.

The distressed pup, who is only 8 weeks old, was found on Porthgwidden by a member of the public. After receiving the call regarding the seal, the members of the animal care team assessed the situation, and on closer observation, discovered that Rosie would need to be rescued and brought back to the Sanctuary.
Rosie Start to New Year
"Rosie has a cut to her top lip, which may have been due to an act of aggression from another seal. She was also dehydrated, so she's going to be in our care until she is ready to be released back into the wild" said Clare McGowan, animal care team assistant at the Sanctuary.

"It wasn't the perfect way for her to start the New Year, but she been very lucky to be rescued and now with our help she should be able to enjoy many years to come!" added Clare.

The National Seal Sanctuary rescue, rehabilitate and release seals every year, with the breeding season generally starting in October, going through to February, and this is when most of the rescues occur due to seal pups becoming washed up on the beaches. Each year the Sanctuary rescues around 40 injured and sick seals. Its costs around 1,000 to rehabilitate each pup.

Rosie will spend around 4 - 5 months with the Sanctuary, depending on how quickly she gains weight. To be released back into the wild, she needs to reach 40kg, from the 15kg she is now, and be able to fight for her food.

Rosie is currently the 20th rescue of the season for the Sanctuary, which has been a busier start to the rescue season than some previous years.

"We have very high hopes that Rosie will be back into the wild soon enough, and she will be able to enjoy 2009 as she should do!" said Clare.

Anyone wishing to see Rosie, can do so by visiting the National Seal Sanctuary daily from 10am, donations to help her recovery are always welcomed.
Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more information, please contact Laura Ward or Clare McGowan on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 2nd January 2009

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