The National Seal Sanctuary is planning its first official release of 2012 when five seal pups will be simultaneous released back into the wild.

The pups will regain their freedom on Tuesday 17th January 2012 after months of patient care and feeding from the Sanctuary´s dedicated rescue team.

Grey seal pups Finn, Ronseal, Marti Pellow (photo right), Andy Murray and David Attenborough will be released on Gwithian Beach at 11am, and staff are confident they will soon find their way into the surf and head out into the sea.
Marti Pellow
Ronseal Of the five, Ronseal (photo left) is the pup who has been on the longest road to recovery, and whose release will provide the most satisfaction for his carers.

Ron was transferred to the Sanctuary after sustaining a critical injury to his rear flipper, suspected to have been caused by an infected bite from another seal in the wild. "It was touch and go as to whether he would lose his entire flipper due to a severe break.

The surgeon did an excellent job saving his limb, and it´s great to see that Ron has made a full recovery," said Sanctuary team member, Tamara Cooper.
Seal pup Andy Murray (photo right) also made a splash at the Sanctuary back in July 2011, as his release marked the official start of pup rescue season at the Sanctuary.

Andy, Finn, Attenborough and Marti Pellow all came to the Sanctuary throughout 2011 after being rejected by their mothers and suffering from dehydration and exhaustion in the wild.

Their release will mark an end to a six month long effort by the Sanctuary´s Animal Care Team to nurse the seals back to health.
Andy Murray
The planned release will be a major operation involving several members of the Sanctuary team.

The big outdoor convalescent pool will first be drained, and then each pup will be herded into a stretcher which will be secured at either end for the journey.

The five neatly trussed pups loaded into the back of a van for the short journey to Gwithian Beach, where they will be placed on the sand and their restraints removed.

"The sound of the surf and the salt air should do the rest," said Tamara.  "We´ll miss them because we´ve got to know them all so well," she added," but at the same time it will be great to see them back in the wild where they belong."
Press release issued by: The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Kaylie Finn on 01326 221361
Date: 16th January 2012