"Ellie Snowball" is a Whopper
Seal rescue experts at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary have got their hands full with their latest casualty...a fluffy white grey seal pup weighing about 32 kilos.

Sanctuary staff suspect the huge youngster was separated from her mother by a recent tidal surge which saw flood warnings being issued.

Christened with the very seasonal name of "Ellie Snowball", the pup is fighting fit in every respect bar an infection in her left eye.
Ellie Snowball
Ellie Snowball "She may actually have been lucky to get lost and end up being rescued," said animal care team member Holly Stallworthy.

"She would undoubtedly have lost her eye if the infection was not treated, but now there´s a good chance we can save it."

Ellie Snowball is the first casualty of the winter grey seal breeding season to arrive at the Sanctuary, and staff are hoping the mild weather continues and there are not too many more.
"Grey seal pups are just 11 or 12 kilos at birth and only keep their fluffy white coats for three weeks," said Holly, "so Ellie Snowball has almost tripled in weight in under three weeks."

Provided she responds well to treatment, Ellie Snowball will move outdoors to join resident common seals Sally, Amber and Tyne in two or three weeks, and should be ready to go back to the wild in February 2012.
Ellie Snowball
Help Us to Help Them.....Each pup can cost up to £1,000 to rehabilitate, if you would like to adopt Ellie Snowball or make a donation towards this pup´s rehabilitation, please Click here for more details.
Issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Nigel Croasdale on 01485 533576
Date: 29th November 2011

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