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Issue 71
Autumn 2012

Seal Pups Rescued
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s first rescued seal pup of the 2012/13 season was Paloma (photo below) who arrived on 28th September 2012, she was found abandoned on the beach at Lushington, later that day the second pup, Lulu, from Crackington Haven was rescued and transferred to the Sanctuary by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team.
Paloma Photo of Paloma above courtsey of Simon Bone (
14 seal pups which have been named Paloma, Lulu, Pink, Ozzy, Pavarotti, Cher, Wurzels, Pixie, Led Zepplin, Ringo, Travis, Freddie Mercury, Queen and Jessie J were rescued between 28th September and 25th November 2012.
Can you guess what the theme is for rescued pup names this season?...correct "Artists from the music industry".
Apart from Travis, Freddie and Queen who are still in the main hospital at the time of writing this autumn news update, the rest of the pups are in their final stage of rehabilitation learning how to compete for fish with other seals.

The pups can be seen in the convalescence and nursery pools with the resident seals.
Led Zepplin Above Photo: Led Zepplin.
Grey Seals
The resident seals in the convalescence are teaching the pups a few tricks!

But Snoopy still does not like sharing her nursery pool with the pups and keeps giving them a hard stare!

Yulelogs (below) made the most of a break in the weather and even got some sun by lying at the entrance to one of the caves.
Penguins logo
Pine (photo below) is the newest member of the Humboldt penguin colony and joins the four other comical characters in the Humboldt penguin enclosure.

Pine was born at the Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre, just like all of the other penguins (Piran, Ivy, Gilbert and Lola).

The Seal Sanctuary gave him a new home at Gweek in October 2012.     Click here to read Pine´s press release.
Latest resident Pine
Temporary home for the Scarborough Common Seals
Bruno, Ed (photo below - the seal with white eyebrows) and Bubbles are currently on their holiday at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

They arrived at the beginning of November and will return home just before Christmas after their home has been refurbished at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Common Seals
Annual Christmas Fayre
The Seal Sanctuary threw open their doors to visitors free-of-charge for two days of early Christmas festivities during the weekend of 24th and 25th November 2012 and even though the weather was not great, the staff and visitors had a great time.

Because of the heavy rain the day before, some of the staff helped in the Gweek village on Sunday morning to clear the flood waters.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken on Saturday 24th November.
Annual Christmas Fayre
Sea Lions
André (photo below, a Californian Sea Lion), was checking over the fence to make sure that Andy and Chaff, Cape Fur Seals, were not being fed too much fish!
Andre, a Californian Sea Lion
The Otters did not seem to mind the weather and were busy searching the area for hidden food.

Starsky still loves juggling stones.
Dan's Blog
Dan, a member of the Animal Care Team, has produced a blog conservation page, click here to read.

If you have visited the Sanctuary in the past few months, you may have noticed this (photo below) it is a Bug Hotel, it has been built so invertebrates such as bumblebees and snails have a safe place to live.
Gift experiences
Run out of ideas what to get someone for Christmas this year!... Well for £99 a friend or a member of your family or even yourself could be a Keeper for the Day.

They will begin this journey of discovery at the visitor´s centre before any other guest has arrived, where they will receive a copy of the Sanctuary´s guidebook from the helpful ticketing staff.  Click here for more details.
Did you know...
Totally amazing....2,965 grey pups have been rescued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary since 1958!
Did you know
Gweek village flooded
This was the scene in Gweek Village at 4.30pm on Saturday 24th November 2012, the next day some of the staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary helped to try and clear the drains.    Click here to see a collage of photos taken on the Saturday.

Gweek village flooded on 24th November 2012

Adopt an Animal

A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause. Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.    Click here for more details.

If you discover a Pup
.......and it is alone and appears in distress, the actions which you take may mean the difference between life and death for the animal.
DO keep your distance - If the pup has a fluffy white coat it still needs it´s mother. She will only return to feed her pup when she feels it is safe to do so.

DON´T attempt to handle the pup - It is a wild animal, it may bite and can carry infectious diseases. The mother may reject the pup if it is handled.

DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea - It may be out of the water for a good reason.

DON´T ignore the situation - If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose) it probably needs help.

DO tell an appropriate organisation - Telephone the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 07787 433412.   Be ready to get help when you discover an injured animal.
Seal Pup in the wild