Sanctuary's Latest News Update 7th November 2008

Fatima is still looking a little round and always hungry; with her friends Sheba and Lizzie all loved up - we think Fatima is missing Magnus. Lizzie is Still loved up with Ray. Anneka has not been catching this week as the animal care team are feeding from outside the pool, but she seems to be keeping a close eye on the nursery pools. Sheba is still with Marlin and both can be seen walking flipper in flipper along the edge of the haul out area. Attie has been spending time with Skittles.This photo  was taken by Graham Karslake (G and R Photography) during his visit to the National Seal Sanctuary on 1st November 2008
This photo of Sija, our resident common seal, was taken by Graham Karslake (G and R Photography) during his visit to the National Seal Sanctuary on 1st November 2008 Luna and Sija (left) both have been very active again this week swimming up and down for the fish, the animal care team also treated them to a sprat ice block which was consumed by Luna.

Flipper and Yulelogs both are still very hungry and as we get more into the grey seal breeding season, these two will start to spar one another.
Rocky and Boadi are still sleeping together on Rocky's mat. Boadi is meeting the Animal Care Team at the gate at feeding time, trying to get more fish.

Chaff is being a good boy, but Andy has taken a leaf out of the otter's book and decided to re-arrange the enclosure but moving the crab pot and sleeping in this spot.
This photo of our fur seal was taken by Graham Karslake (G and R Photography) during his visit to the National Seal Sanctuary on 1st November 2008
This photo of Sahara was taken by Graham Karslake (G and R Photography) during his visit to the National Seal Sanctuary on 1st November 2008Sahara (left) is enjoying his life-ring at the moment and loves to sit in the middle of it and float around his pool.

Both Thai and Bamboo, our otters, are overweight and have been put on a strict diet…no more treats. We have started to grate fruit and vegetable into their meatballs, so they won't know it is there, we are sure it will not take them long to work out our little trick.
Goats and Stanley - Another resident on a diet is Stanley (right), so much so that we have made him his own enclosure in the field; hopefully this will help him to stop eating the grass. The goats are all well. Ponies - Bracken is being a naughty pony and refuses to come in from the field at night. Tuppance is still a little itchy, but is also getting a bit of a hard time from Muffin.

Reef, our cat, is being a nuisance and getting into everything, he even tried to get into the fish van but was foiled in his attempt.
Stanley
Chomp Main Hospital - Milo and Oscar are now both in water and lots of splashing can be heard from their pens. Oscar is eating well all by herself and Milo has also moved on to fish and has finally started to moult (with big clumps of fur being left in his pen).

Nursery Pools - Chomp (left) after eating everything in sight was moved into the convalescent pool on Thursday, he weighs in at 28 kilos. With Chomp gone, it gives Hubbard and Fairy a chance to catch fish and put on weight. Hubbard is 17 kilos and Fairy is 19 kilos.
Convalescent Pool - April (right), a rescued seal pup from the 2007/8 season, has managed to put on 0.5 kilos in a week making her now 19 kilos...at this rate she will be ready for release sometime in 2010!!

Skittles is now 23 kilos and managed to lose 1 kilo but it will not take long for her to put it back on. Pallin had to be wormed this week as he had developed a little cough, but is still putting on the weight and at 42 kilos is above release weight.
Photo of April, a rescued seal pup from the 2007/8 season, was taken by India Clifton
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