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Issue 67
27th January 2012

The Sanctuary has finally had some good weather and managed to release a few pups including Tigers Eye and Ruby who had been transferred from the RSPCA, these were released at Gunwalloe on the 13th January 2012, and on the
14th January Florence was also released on the same beach.

On 17th January 2012 it was a trip to Gwithian for the release back to the wild
of Marti Pellow (photo right), Andy Murray, David Attenborough,
Ronseal and Finn.

This still leaves 34 pups at the Sanctuary; check out this season´s rescues for
all the latest new arrivals.
Photo of Marti Pellow was taken by Sue Sayer (Cornwall Seal Group) on 17th January 2012
Residents Updates
Convalescent Pool
Breeding season has come to an end in the Convalescent Pool and Sheba has dumped Ray but is now spending lots of time with her best friend Fatima.
Convalescent Pool
Snoopy is looking very round but is being picked on by Fatima, which sets Snoopy off moaning.
Ray (photo below) does not seemed bothered that he has been dumped and has started to spend lots of time in the caves as he is moulting, but is looking very handsome in his new coat, which is being commented on by all the visitors. He has also been having lots of attention from all the pups, but lots of playing means he has picked up an injury to his right eye which he is receiving treatment for.
Ray in the cave
Anneka is very busy doing lots of swimming and ploughs straight through the centre of any pups who don´t manage to get out her way.
Even though Fatima is spending most of her time with
Sheba (photo below) and annoying Snoopy, she still managed to develop an abscess on her eye; treatment seems to be doing its job.
Atlanta has not started to moult yet but she is being ambushed by all the pups in the Convalescent Pool and the pups have been playing a little rough so she has an injury to her nose but is receiving treatment for it.
Pumpkin (photo below) has settled in well but is a little lost now that Andy Murray his best friend has been released. He is putting on weight and feeding a lot better eating whole fish.
Common Seals
The Animal Care Team have been doing different training by using the surf board to slip the fish in the pool, all are really enjoying it and even Luna and Babyface are managing to find the fish, which shows how good their whiskers are.
The team have also taught Luna and Babyface to rollover on command, now they do it every time the team come in thinking they will get extra fish.
Common Seal
Fur Seals
Andy has been a little off his training and even on some days refusing to do it, not normal for Andy and a week´s course of antibiotics has perked him up no end, he is nearly back to his normal self, but is taking a little break from training. Refusing to do training is catching and Chaff normal so good at retrieving the target stick from the water, and refused to do it.
Unfortunately the next day we tried it again and again he refused to collect it. This meant two target sticks in the bottom of the pool and difficulty doing training with the Grey seals as they use the same sticks for training, luckily the next day we were due to clean their pool and got the sticks back.
Our wonderful Rachael training the Andy and Chaff
(Photo above: Rachael doing training with Andy & Chaff)
Grey Seals
Flipper and Marlin are both moulting and Marlin is looking very handsome in his new coat, Flipper is half way through his moult but when he is not sleeping and eating he can be found playing with Marlin and these two are now best friends, even sharing the cave at the end of the day.
Yulelog (photo below) not yet started to moult but does not seem to be bothered that Flipper has a new best friend.
Sea Lions
André is looking fantastic at the moment and growing up to be a big sea lion. When Californian Sea Lions start to mature they develop a crest on the top of their head, this can reach up to 4cm in height by the time they are ten years old. André also has a little limp in his left flipper so is on a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. Diego is very chilled out even at feeding time and playing with his fish, he also has some battle scars from Noito but nothing serious.
There has been a little bit of a change within the ranks and now Hutch is "the dominate one", which has put Starsky´s nose a little out of joint and there are a few spats. Both have been treated to lots of crabs, and Starsky got the shock of his life when one crab turned round and grabbed his foot and refused to let go.
Starsky and Hutch
Humboldt Penguins
Ivy, Barney, Lola, Gilbert, Piran and Ruby are doing really well.
Humboldt Penguins
Tuppance, Bracken and Muffin are all being very well behaved and Tuppance is on a course of Avon Skin so Soft for her itch. The volunteers have also been sprucing up the stables and giving them a lick of paint.
Andrew and Steve have been self-walking, jumping out the field and off on a wander they don´t get far before they get spotted by our site foreman Wayne who gives them a look and they jump back in. Wayne has now double rung the fence and this should stop them getting out.
Stanley, Bella, Bluebell, Patrick and Florence are all looking fat and fluffy in their winter coats and been having treats of apples and carrots.
Reef is very needy at the moment and getting lots of cuddles from all the staff, and has even been taking an interest in the Cornish Coast Experience, but a bit scared of the wave that crashes into the rockpool every minute or so.
Latest Pup
At the moment we have 34 pups still receiving rehabilitation at the Sanctuary. At the time of writing, in the Hospital we have:-

Hospital pen 1 - Bob Champion
Hospital pen 2 - Peter
Hospital pen 3 - Bronte
Hospital pen 4 - Marilyn Monroe

All are doing well and continue to improve.
Bob Champion, Peter, Bronte and Marilyn Monroe
(Photo above: top left - Bob Champion; top right - Peter; bottom left - Bronte and bottom right - Marilyn Monroe)
Nursery Pool 1 - Olaf and Brunel are doing well and competing for fish against each other.

Nursery Pool 2 - Tiny Tim is by himself and is learning to swim and find fish in a bigger pool so he can get used to living with one eye.

Nursery Pool 3 - We have finally found a seal Amelia (photo below) does not hate and is having get fun with Chuck.

Nursery Pool 4 - Sam, Russell and Carwardin are all seem to be getting on really well together.
Amelia in nursery pool
Convalescent Pool Pups - Bear and Hippo are the best of friends and progress at the same rate, we hope to release these two together.  Ripley Scott is a very independent seal.  Hawk has now replaced Florence as the noisiest seal in the pool and when he starts Jenny, one of the Animal Care Team, joins in and during cleaning the pool, these two can be found doing a duet.

Watson keeps trying to bite the Animal Care Team´s feet.   Mary is the Queen of the pups and rules the pool.

Tesla, Tim Burton, Captain Picard, Zappa, Louis, Persie, Ellis and Irwin are all doing well and getting in the middle of the pool at feeding time.
Pups in the convalescent pool
Rehabilitation Pool Pups - Zara Phillips (photo below), Basil,
Blue Topaz, Sapphire, Barnacle, Boadi and Lola Bella are all doing well.

Basil is the boss of the pool and keeping all the RSPCA pups in line.

Zara and Lola Bella are also the best of friends and again we are hoping they will be released together.
Zara Phillips
Animal Adoptions and Donations
If you would like to help with the cost of rehabilitation, it can cost up to £1500 to rehab each pup, you can help by taking out an adoption.
If you do find a pup on the beach, please call the Sanctuary on 01326 221361, and follow this advice:-

DON´T attempt to handle the pup.

DON´T attempt to put the pup back in the sea.

DO keep your distance.

DON´T ignore the situation.

DO tell the National Seal Sanctuary call 01326 221361.
Seal Pup in the wild Adoptions start from £25,
click on this link
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email the adoption coordinator at

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