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Issue 97
August 2014

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Babyface's new Pup
Sija has touched the hearts of keepers and visitors alike at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary...by sharing her new born pup with a pool-mate Luna whose own pup was stillborn.

To the amazement of staff Sija not only welcomed Luna´s affectionate attentions towards the pup, she even allowed her to share suckling duties. Click here to read the press release dated 1st August 2014.
New Pup with mum and Aunty Luna
In the middle of August, Babyface was moved back in with Luna and Sija and Bo´s new brother was moved to join Bo in his pool.
New Pup
Rescued seal pups
Ludo, a young grey seal pup, was found stranded a thousand miles aways from the UK shores on a the beach near Sagres in Portugal.

The pup was rescued by staff from the Zoomarine rescue centre in the Algarve resort of Albufeira in January 2014 and treated for dehydration and an ulcer in his left eye.

Once Ludo had completed his rehabilitation at the Zoomarine rescue centre in Portugal, he was flown by plane from Faro airport to Heathrow airport, from there the seal was driven to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at the beginning of August 2014.

Ludo stayed in one of the nursery pools at the Seal Sanctuary for about 2 weeks to make sure he was fighting fit before members of the Animal Care Team release him back into the wild along the Cornish coastline. Click here to read Ludo´s press release.

Photo below was taken on 11th August 2014 at the Seal Sanctuary.
Ludo
Ludo was released into the wild from the back of the Atlantic Diver´s boat 7 miles out near The Quies rocks which is just off the coast at Newquay on 27th August 2014.

Click here to read Ludo´s press release. Click here to see a selection of photos taken during the release.
Ludo
Grey Seal Pool
Ray, Fatima, Anneka, Atlanta, Lizzie, Sheba and Snoopy have had a lovely summer enjoying the convalescent pool, but are now counting down the days until grey seal pupping season starts again and the rescued pup are back in with them again.

Photo below is of Fatima
Fatima
Just click on the picture of your choice below to see a larger image.
Resident seal Sheba Resident Seal Ray Resident Seal
Marlin, Flipper, Yulelog and Pumpkin are in the grey seals enclosure keeping an eye on their neighbours Sunny and André and making sure they don´t get any more fish then they do.
Resident
Wish list gifts for the residents
Help the Seal Sanctuary to enrich the lives of the residents animals! The Cornish Seal Sanctuary now have an online wishlist of toys and equipment that the animals would love! Lots of gifts to choose from if you would like to donate, many under £10.

Click here to visit the Sanctuary´s Wishlist page and choose which item, and request postage to:- The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Helston, TR12 6UG.

Click here to catch up with what Ray is up to on his facebook page.
Ray with his pink gift
Californian Sea Lions
André and Sunny are getting really well and enjoying their training with the animal care team.
Jenny with Sunny
Jenny with Sunny Andre Andre and Sunny Andre and Sunny Dan with Andre
Patagonian Sea Lions
Diego and Noito are looking very handsome, during the summer they loved to sunbath and also pose on the rock.
Diego and Noito
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Paddock
As you can see Tuppence, Bracken and Muffin so enjoy saying hello to the visitors.
Paddock
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Penguins logo
The Sanctuary´s penguins have finished their annual molt, and although they will still look scruffy for a few weeks, it won´t be long before they start to produce a beautiful new coat of feathers!!

This is an itchy process for the little group of penguins and it can put them off their food, which is why it is so important for the team to regularly weigh them and monitor any changes in their weight.
Penguins
The Octonauts
The Octonauts, Captain Barnacles (photo below) and Peso, two members of the undersea adventure heroes from CBeebies, visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary between 2nd and 31st August 2014 for fun-filled activities.

The dynamic duo of Captain Barnacles and Peso were due to head back to the Octopod on 25th August, but their stay was extended to 31st August due to popular demand.
Captain Barnacles
Team
The lovely DJ and TV Presenter Sara Cox visited the Seal Sanctuary on 13th August 2014 with her family and dog, Beano.

Sara seemed especially impressed by the sea lions, which her children were able to feed.

Much to everyone´s delight Sara was more than happy to pose for photographs including the one below with Mark.
Photo Opportunity
Adopt an Animal
Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.  A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.   Please click here or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.
If you discover an injured seal pup
As we approach September it´s time for grey seals to begin their breeding and pupping season - which for the Sanctuary signals the busiest time of the year for the Animal Care Team.

For over 55 years the Sanctuary have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing those pups from our local coastline that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon.

Just like to remind you that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the BDMLR on 01825 765546.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.
Click here for more details.
A pup on the beach
Annual Beach Clean
The annual beach clean with the Marine Conservation Society will take place at Gwithian on Saturday 20th September at 10am by the Red River, and at Gunwalloe Fishing Cove on the slipway on Sunday 21st September at 10am as well, so please come along for an hour or so to help!
Annual Beach Clean
Latest leaflet
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s latest leaflet is now available, Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version.
Book Discount Tickets in Advance
Don´t forget to purchase your entrance tickets for single admission tickets, family tickets, group tickets, school bookings, etc., on-line in advance and Save Money.     Plus you can also purchase SEA LIFE Annual Passes and Merlin Annual Passes.

When you click here or on the button right, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´ official Cornish Seal Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.
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