Skittles Becomes First Seal Rescue of The Season

The National Seal Sanctuary has rescued their first pup on Saturday 13th September 2008, naming her Skittles, to coincide with her colourful personality.

The female seal pup was found washed up in the Isles of Scilly at only five days old, by local resident David McBride.

After the alert was made, the pup was flown to Penzance by British International Helicopters and then transferred to the Sanctuary, where she will be looked after by the staff.
Skittles
After the alert was made, the pup was flown to Penzance by British International Helicopters and then transferred to the Sanctuary, where she will be looked after by the staff.

"Skittles came in with grazes to her head and flippers, and her left eye is damaged. Even so, she hasn't lost her personality and is very noisy and wriggles all the time!" said Tamara Cooper, Head of Animal Care at the Sanctuary.

This is an early start to the normal rescue season, possibly due to the strong tidal waves seen at the weekend, separating seal pups from their mothers and washing then on to the shore.

"We have high hopes that she will make a full recovery and be able to be released back into the wild, but she is likely to be with us for around four months and visitors are welcome to come and see her at our Seal Hospital during this time" added Tamara.

The Sanctuary relies on visitors throughout the year, to help fund its pup rescue work. If you do find a seal that you are concerned about, please contact the Sanctuary on 01326 221361.
Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Laura Ward or Tamara Cooper on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 19th September 2008

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