Seal pup rescue season kick off as first casualties
Crouch, Terry and Gerrard arrive

Crouch, Terry and Gerrard (photo right) may have been unpopular following their world cup exit three weeks ago, but the three baby seals named optimistically after the footballers for good luck are proving the most popular residents at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary this summer.

The Sanctuary´s Manager Nigel Croasdale says, ″The Sea Life team are trying hard not to become attached but these three seal pups have won the hearts of the whole team. We´re playing ´Mum´ at the moment.″
Gerrard
Early summer is the busiest time of year for the Sanctuary´s Seal Rescue team as SOS season for baby seal pups begins. Many of the pups rescued at this time of year would have been born in June or July and are so young and vulnerable it is easy for them to become separated from their mothers and become unable to fend for themselves.
Terry Crouch, Terry (photo left) and Gerrard were all rescued at the end of June on beaches local to the Sanctuary in Hunstanton and Heacham, and were so young they could not survive without their mother´s milk.

Nigel explains: ″The babies are being cared for by our highly trained staff who are held in such high regard that our sister site in Oban has recently sent team members on the 900 mile round trip to receive expert training procedures in seal pup rehabilitation″.
Gareth Harriman (photo right with Crouch) from the Oban Sea Life Sanctuary has been involved in seal rescue for three years now but still believes that the 450 mile trip to Hunstanton was well worth the travelling, ″After spending a week with the Hunstanton team I now know why these people are held with such high esteem″ he explains.

Crouch, Terry and Gerrard are being cared for in the Sanctuary´s specialised Seal Rescue Centre, where each pup has its own pen and visitors can view them all through one way glass.
Crouch with Gareth
For further information please visit: www.sealsanctuary.co.uk or call 01485 533576.

At this time of the year the occasional seal pup may be seen on our local beaches and the actions which you take may mean the difference between life and death for the animal. Please follow the guidelines below:-

Top Tips For Seal Rescue:-

1. DO KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

If the pup is still very small it may still need its mother´s milk. She has probably already spotted you long before you have spotted her and she may be watching you from a safe distance out at sea. She will only return to feed her pup when she thinks it is safe to do so. Watch the pup from a distance and ask others in the area to keep away

2. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HANDLE THE PUP

It is a wild animal, may bite and can carry infectious diseases. If the pup is handled whilst still being nursed by its mother, the scent you leave may cause her to reject it. A pup should only be moved if it appears to be in danger from dogs, people, stormy seas or if an expert has advised to do so.

3. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PUT THE PUP IN THE SEA

It may be out of the water for a good reason

4. DO NOT IGNORE THE SITUATION

If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose) it probably needs help.

5. DO TELL AN APPROPRIATE ORGANISATION

Call the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary on 01485 533576 or the RSPCA.
Issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details contact Nigel Croasdale on 01485 533576
Date: 16th July 2010

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