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Issue 79
July 2013


New Pup
At time of writing this news update, Sija´s pup is a month old and the Animal Care Team believe the pup is a boy. He is taking no nonsense from his mum and dad can be seen hitting them with his flipper if they disturb his sunbathing sessions.

As you can see from the photo below taken on 29th July 2013, the pup has grown very fat and is a very healthy month old pup. He really enjoys swimming with his belly up towards the sun, this worries the visitors who think there is something wrong, but then he will roll around and give them a confused look as if to say "what is all the fuss about?".
A month old Common seal pup
Within the week or so (maybe the 2nd week of August), the pup will be weaned by his mum and the Animal Care Team can try and convince him to eat fish.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the pup taken on 29th July 2013.

Click here to watch four short videos of the pup filmed on 29th July 2013.
4 weeks old Common seal pup
Resident Grey Seals
Pumpkin loves to surf, most days you can see him pushing the surf board around the pool and then out onto the side.

The surf board was kindly donated by the Freeriders Surf Shop in Falmouth. Pumpkin says a Big Fishy Thank You to the lovely people at Freeriders Surf Shop.

Please click here or on a picture of your choice below to see a larger photo.
Pumpkin on his surf board
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As you can see from the photo below, the resident seals, just like us, are enjoying the beautiful weather we are having at the moment. Hope they have put plenty of suncream on!
Resident Seals enjoying the sun
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Penguins logo
The Sanctuary´s penguins have started their annual molt, and although there will be a few weeks when all of them will look scruffy, 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.

Photo below is of Yino.
Fur Seals
For a few weeks Chaff and Andy were moved to the nursery pools whilst their enclosure was being refurbished. The Fur Seals are now back in their nice home.
Chaff and Andy in the nursery pool
Click here to see a photo of Kate, a member of the Animal Care Team, training one of the fur seals.
News Flash
Your chance to name the cutest seal pup at The Seal Sanctuary. West Briton newspaper readers are being asked to come up with a name for the latest arrival at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Lara Sword, Marketing Admin Assistant at the Seal Sanctuary, said "We will choose the three most popular amongst staff and then let Sija choose for herself. Attaching the names to three buoys in a pool and Sija will target whichever one she wants." So get in quick with your suggested name, closing date is Thursday 15th August 2013.
The Octonauts
At the time of writing this news update, the Octonauts, Peso and Kwazii, two members of the undersea adventure heroes from CBeebie, are visiting the Cornish Seal Sanctuary (27th July to the 4th August 2013) for fun-filled activities.
This is Sanctuary´s new resident Pygmy goat, his name is Truffles. A nice new girlfriend for Steve and Andrew.

Photo below is of Dan, a member of the Animal Care Team, taking Truffles for a walk in the paddock to get him used to his new surroundings, click here to see a larger photo.
Click here to see another photo of Truffles.   Earlier this month, all the sheep were sheared in the Paddock, Click here to see two "cool" looking Miniature South Downs Sheep aka Patrick and Florence.
Other News
At the beginning of July members of the staff and volunteers at the Seal Sanctuary put aside their day job and helped to get the hay in that will feed the paddock animals throughout the winter.

Please click here or on a picture of your choice below to see a larger photo.
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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.  Please click here or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.
Post Monitoring of Seals
Anna Cawthray, a member of the public, had left a message on the Cornwall Seal Group´s facebook page saying that she had come across a seal with had a red flipper tag which was either 120 or 720 whilst suba diving off Menwethan, the Isles of Scilly, on 22nd July 2013.   Click here or below to see a larger images of this photo taken by Anna´s seal.
Photo taken by Anna Cawthray of Sting on 22nd July 2013
Simon Bone, a member of the Cornwall Seal Group, said that flipper tag number 120 belonged to Sting, at the same time, another member of the CSG, Sue Sayer, a seal identification expert, checked Anna´s photo and compared the seal´s coat patterns with the photos taken at the Seal Sanctuary, Sue was pleased to announce that indeed this was Sting.
Click here to see how Sue compared the photos.

Sting was rescued on 13th December 2012 and following his successful rehabilitation, was released back into the wild at Gunwalloe beach on 12th March 2013.

The Sanctuary not only relies on the public to spot injured or abandoned seals but also to help with the post monitoring release.

If you are out and about the Cornish coastline and you spot a seal, it may be a seal the centre has released in the past, the Sanctuary would like to know about any of these seals, they need to know it´s location (where you saw the seal), the colour of the tag (each rescue season they use a different colour tag, this year white tags), the date you saw the seal and the behaviour of the seal. Then contact the Cornish Seal Sanctuary via email.
Trek Cornwall 2013
Trek Cornwall 2013 is a personal challenge set by a local Cornish woman and mum of two Jessica Hirons. Jes is currently completing a total of nearly 300 miles with over 18,000 metres of climbing, started from Hartland Quay on 27th July 2013 and walking right around from the North to the South Coast of Cornwall, finishing on 15th August 2013 at Cremyll on the border with Plymouth.

The main aim is to raise awareness and funds for Grey Seal Conservation around Cornwall.

A number of charitable organisations work very hard to try to protect these amazing, rare animals. One of the organisations that Jes is donating money raised is to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Click here to visit Jes´s website.
Jessica Hirons

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