Sanctuary's Latest News Update 23rd May 2008
1958 - 2008 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Well it's been a busy week here at the National Seal Sanctuary with seals and staff preparing to start celebrating the 50th Anniversary, we have lots going on, starting next week and carrying on throughout July and August.
Just click on the photo (right) to see a .pdf copy of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations poster.
50th Anniversary Celebrations Poster
Wally WalrusWally Walrus (left) is getting excited and been practising his French with the imminent arrival of his good friend 'Suki Seal' from France (Sunday 25th May 2008), Suki and Wally will be available to meet and greet all next week at the Sanctuary and we would love to see your pictures with these two great characters. Suki is also offering one lucky family next week the chance to win a holiday in France, find out more during your visit! We also have a new orienteering course around the Sanctuary for you to test your map reading skills, free face painting and badge making, phew!
Bye! Bye!

The Animal Care Team have been making the most of the nice weather by getting as many of our pups and residents weighed this week, all the pups in the convalescent pool were weighed early in the week with Seb, Dewy, Kerplunk, Ludo and Ellie all having reached a perfect release weight. Alarm clocks were set, at least by the Animal Care Team (I'm not sure seals have alarm clocks!), and 6am on Thursday morning (22nd May 2008), just as the sun was coming up the five pups were loaded ready for release.
Seal Release - Photo was taken by Simon Bone
The weather was perfect, the beach deserted and the sea calm, the trailer door was lowered and after a few sniffs of the salty sea air they were off, good luck Seb, Dewy, Kerplunk, Ludo and Ellie we'll miss you! Watch these pages as photos of the release will follow shortly and if you see a seal around the Cornish Coast give us a call or email us a picture we love to hear about sightings!
Rocky A Weighty Issue

Another weigh in this week was for Rocky (left) our Californian Sea Lion. Following his recent illness the Animal Care Team has been making sure Rocky has been having all his favourite fishy treats and regularly checking his weight to make sure he is putting on the pounds. Rocky has been very obliging and is happy to sit on the weighing mat as long as there is even more fishy treats available!
Busy week for NEW Seal Rescue Centre

This week has been hectic in the NEW Seal Rescue Centre with lots of school children taking the opportunity to get hands on with our seal pup models and practice their own seal rescue, everybody receives a Seal Rescue Badge after their training and we have definitely seen more than one future member of the Animal Care Team during these demonstrations, if you have visited and taken part in a pup rescue demonstration email us your pictures we'd love to include you on our web site.
Seal Rescue Centre
Well, that's about it for this week, don't forget to regularly check the web site for news of events and activities happening at the Sanctuary, why not visit us over the next week during the start of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations we'd love to see you!
Help Us to Help Them.....Each pup can cost up to 1,000 to rehabilitate, if you would like to adopt a pup
or make a donation towards a pup's rehabilitation, please click here
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