News Round Up for 2008

We thought we would just do a round up of 2008, for this week's update and to reflect on some of the goings on throughout the year, and give a brief outline as to what 2009 will bring to the Sanctuary.
JANUARY

We started the year with some bad news when at the end of January we lost Carus, (right) our Patagonian Sea Lion, he was 26 years old, and unfortunately did not recover from an operation. Happy news saw Magnus celebrate his 40th birthday with a special fish cake made for him. Sahara, the Hooded Seal, was moved in with Rocky.
Carus kissing Boadicea
Sahara and Rocky FEBRUARY

Work was started on re-opening the underwater viewing at the convalescent pool, and work started on our new feature for 2008. Sahara had finally got used to Rocky and his training was progressing well.
MARCH

Our new Seal Rescue Centre was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Helston, and the underwater viewing became a big hit with both our visitors and the seal pups, who would perform in front of the windows on a daily basis.
One of the underwater viewing windows
April APRIL

Saw the late arrival of a two day old white coat pup, which we called 'April' (left), Rocky was starting to feel better and eating well after eating a fish the wrong way round, and scratching his throat. Sadly Mika passed away, which left Chaff all by himself.
MAY

Saw common seal Luna heavily pregnant and everyone looking forward to the arrival. Rocky was back to his normal self and eating everything in sight. Sahara (right) was happy as he was moved back into the nursery pool away from bully Rocky. The Sanctuary celebrated 50 years of seal rescue in Cornwall, and Wally the Walrus got a new girlfriend who was French.
Sahara
Photo taken by Simon Bone JUNE

Saw the arrival of Stanley, the Sheep, who is now living with the Goats. The Sanctuary also attended the biggest mass stranding of Common Dolphins in Europe and helped to successful release two Dolphins and lead the other pods back out into open water. Plus Sahara moving to the round pool on the hill with the Grey Seal Pups.
JULY

A few moves this month included Rocky moving in with Boadicea, Sahara moving from the round pool, down to the Common Seal pool and Luna & Sija to the round pool on the hill. Andy (right) moving in with Chaff and enjoying lots more space and started new enrichment training with both the fur seals.
Andy
Magnus AUGUST

We had a busy month in August, with Sahara receiving a new ice machine from Hubbards of Ipswich, which made international news as he was scared of the ice when it first arrived but after a few weeks training, really looked forward to his daily ice bath.

We also had some bad news when Magnus (left), the world's oldest seal, sadly passed away.
SEPTEMBER

We had our first pup of the season, Skittles (right), arrived at the Sanctuary all the way from the Isles of Scilly, and our Grey Seals started to pair up for the breeding season Ray and Lizzie, plus Marlin and Sheba.
Skittles
Hubbard OCTOBER

This October saw the anniversary of taking Sahara the 19 hours to Scotland for his release, this year no such trip. Plus an influx of seal pups to our hospital, nearly all which were white coats (under 3 weeks old), keeping the Animal Care Team on their toes.
NOVEMBER

Still keeping busy with the pups that needed our help. Stanley, the Sheep, jealous of all the seals having girlfriends, has requested a friend so the hunt is now on. Sadly Bamboo (right) passed away after an epileptic fit.
Bamboo
Shawn, Rupert and Chomp DECEMBER

We did our first release of the season and we said Good-bye to Shawn, Rupert and Chomp who were returned to the wild in time for Christmas. Sahara celebrated his first full year at the Sanctuary and is enjoying his time especially the new enrichment games the Animal Care Team have designed for him.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO HAS SUPPORTED THE SANCTUARY AND OUR WORK IN 2008 AND WISH EVERYBODY A HAPPY 2009.

KEEP CHECKING THE WEB SITE FOR ALL THE LATEST INFORMATION ON OUR RESIDENTS, PUPS AND EVENTS.
Seal pups

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