Sanctuary's Latest News Update 6th June 2008

National Seal Sanctuary 50 - The Celebration Continues!
The Sanctuary team were thrilled to get a double page spread in the Western Morning News on Monday 2nd June 2008 celebrating the anniversary and looking back over the 50 years.

Great news, our founder Ken Jones (right) has agreed (health permitting) to help us with our celebrations with a visit and a talk about how the Sanctuary started during July or August; keep checking the web site for dates.
Ken Jones, Founder of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
April's Away!

April, our very early (or very late) rescued seal pup has moved to the nursery pools. The Animal Care Team made the difficult decision to move her into the outside pools in the hope it will encourage her to feed herself by learning form and being in the company of other seal pups. Although still quite small there were no concerns about her being able to look after herself, as soon as she was released into the nursery pool she was chasing all the other seals out of the water, I think April may need a lesson in how to share!
All Steamed Up!

The Animal Care Team is trialling a new steam cleaner for pool cleaner with great success! The machine has been hired for a trial period and is significantly reducing the time required to clean the pools allowing the team to spend more time on enrichment for the pups and residents.
And the wait continues...

Luna's pregnancy is going well but with no signs yet of the flip flap of tiny flippers the team are on tenterhooks, as always we will keep the web site posted with any news.

Treatment for Rocky's infected whisker continues although he continues to scratch his scab at every opportunity.
Jennifer Pups

Weather permitting there will be a release next week; at the moment both Jennifer (left) and Piran (right) have reached release weight with several more very close. It will be great to see these pups back out in the wild.
Seal Feeding Plea

The Animal Care Team would like to appeal to all those people planning a visit to Cornwall and its seaside towns over the coming months to not hand feed any wild seals, this is following a spate of reports of wild seals with hook and fishing line injuries. By hand feeding seals in the wild they become accustomed to people and boats which in turn create a greater potential for these animals to become the innocent victims of fishing lines and netting. If you spot a seal in distress through any of the above please give us a call on 01326 221361.
Net-tangled seal pup - Photo was taken by Simon Bone
Help Us to Help Them.....Each pup can cost up to £1,000 to rehabilitate, if you would like to adopt a pup
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