|Triple Seal Pup Rescue |
Takes Sanctuary By Surprise
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary has had a surprise influx of rescued seal pups this week...in spite of glorious weather and calm sea conditions.
Three common seal pups in the space of two days have joined the patient list at the seal rescue hospital, where animal care workers had been expecting a welcome breather.
″It´s generally stormy weather that leads to pups getting separated from their mothers, so these three casualties have taken us a bit by surprise,″ said marine expert Rob Meyer.
″We suspect that the hot weather has led to adult males being friskier than usual, with some pups getting injured or lost as they try to avoid the resultant mêlées,″ he added.
″There has also been some very heavy sea mist which may also have led to some mothers and pups getting separated.″
Female pups Flipper and Lassie were found on Snettisham and Heacham beaches respectively. Both were only a few days old and weighed around 10 kilos.
Male pup Einstein, also found at Snettisham, is about two weeks old and a little heavier at 13 kilos.
None of the three had any significant injuries, and all are now being given round the clock care, including 5 bottle feeds every 24 hours until they are weaned onto solid fish.
Provided they make steady progress they should move into the outdoor convalescence pool in a few weeks, and back into the wild in about four months.
The rescues have provided a bonus for Sanctuary visitors who are able to view the pups in their sound-proofed hospital cubicles via one-way glass.
Issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary|
For more details, please contact Nigel Croasdale or Rob Meyer on 01485 533576
Date: 2nd July 2009