The National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek is this week doing the first release of this year´s rescue season.
With grey seal pups still needing the help of the staff at the Seal Sanctuary, and the seal hospital full to bursting, Sanctuary staff have decided to release some of the pups back to the wild early.
´We have decided to release three of this year´s rescued pups on Friday 22nd of December 2006. This will be the earliest release we´ve ever staged as we normally don´t plan the first release until the early new year´ said Animal Care Assistant, Clare McGowan.
The first of this year´s pups have gone through the rehabilitation process very quickly, as some were only rescued as little as 12 weeks ago, and are now up to release weight at 40 kilos.
´The duration of rehabilitation is different for every seal. Some can go through it very quickly in just a matter of weeks and others take a little longer recuperating at the Sanctuary for several months´ added Clare.
We have once again tagged our seals with a bright orange flipper tag, so if spotted by the public, we would ask them to call the Seal Sanctuary, and report where and when they saw our seals on 01326 221361.