Sanctuary's Latest News Update 29th August 2008

This week we start our update with some sad news...

As you may know we always start our update with Magnus and how he is getting on in the Convalescent Pool. As you may remember Magnus was a little under the weather and reluctant to eat. So this week, the vet was called in to take a look, Magnus being Magnus was full of the joy of spring when the vet arrived swimming around in the pool and eating at feeding time.

On Wednesday Magnus took a turn for the worst and the vet was called, but it was not to be and Magnus passed away later that morning.
Magnus was the World's Oldest Grey Seal and in January 2008 celebrated his 40th birthday. Magnus was given a home at the Sanctuary in 1990 and was very happy in the pool. Magnus had a long term girlfriend at the Sanctuary, Fatima, and every winter during the breeding season, these two could be found cuddled up together on the side of the pool. Magnus and Fatima were never blessed with pups, but while Magnus was housed in Scotland he did father 9 pups, and in 2004 Snoopy joined her dad at the Seal Sanctuary.

Feeding time was always at the top of Magnus's agenda and he would wait by the gate for the Animal Care Team to come in to the enclosure so he was first inline for the fish. Magnus knew how to get the attention of the Animal Care Team by splashing his front flippers, most times soaking the Animal Care Team and visitors.

In the last few years Magnus started to lose his sight and his hearing, although we think his hearing was a little more selective and he just refused to answer us when we called his name.

There is a feeling of great loss to Sanctuary staff and visitors, this lively old character will be remembered long in to the future.

All the other residents in the Convalescent Pool knew something was up and seem to be missing the presence of Magnus, they went off their food for a few days, hopefully life will return to normal over the next few weeks.
SaharaSahara has been very busy this week with lots of newspapers interviews and appearing on television. Our international famous seal loves his ice machine, and loves to have a good old scratch in the ice, especially when it starts to melt and goes all slushy. Sahara
With no April in Luna and Sija's pool this week, these guys can get back to normal with their training, unfortunately both seem a little reluctant to do this.

Flipper has been sleeping in the cave over night which came as a bit of a shock to the Animal Care Team when the team went in to clean the pool. Yulelogs have been getting a lot braver and will come out on the side of the pool for training. Both have been treated to feed balls and ice blocks as well.
Boadi was treated to a feed ball and also decide to sleep on Rocky's mat. Rocky had finished swimming and came out to have a little rest on his mat only to find Boadi asleep. There was a little bit of a disagreement over who's mat it was, but Rocky won and Boadi was just left with a small corner.

Chaff and Andy have been doing synchronized swimming this week, and have been doing shark impressions. Both are molting and spending lots of time sitting on the side of the pool.

Thai and Bamboo have gone off the fish and refuse to eat it, but are really enjoying their new yellow toy.
The Goats and Stanley had their feet trimmed this week, and Stanley has had to go on a diet as he is looking a little tubby. The Animal Care Team decided to give some more exercise and take him on a walk around site. Stanley who normally likes his exercise, is refusing to go and digs his heals in. The ponies had their teeth filed by the dentist this week, the girls were very good but Bracken (right) was not too happy about this.

Reef (our cat) is doing lots of exploring on site, but not doing to well as we had an intruder this week from one of the resident cats from Gweek.
April is still being force fed fish four times a day, but she is putting on weight and is now up to 12 kilos, hopefully she will continue too improve.
Did you know...£2 per month will provide 10 days of medication for a hyperthyroid seal
£5 per month will allow us train one additional seal rescue volunteer
£10 per month will pay for one day’s fish for the resident seals

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