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Issue 72
Winter 2012/13

Seal Pups Rescued
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s have rescued 24 seal pups so far this season. At the time of writing this, the latest rescued pup called Slash (photo below), who arrived at the sanctuary on 27th December 2012, is getting used to his hospital pen. Slash was found on the beach by members of BDMLR team and transferred to the centre for treatment.
Click on the following names to see the latest photos of the seal pups:- Ozzy, Wurzels, Pixie, Led Zepplin, Ringo, Travis, Freddie Mercury, Queen, Jessie J, Beethovan, Tina, Bob Marley, Axel Rose, Sting, Dolly, Elvis, Bruno Mars and Slash.

These pups were rescued between 28th September and 27th December 2012.
Travis (photo below) does like to make lots of noise. He seems to have discovered that if he wants his voice to sound louder than the rest, he should stick his head into the cave of nursery pool 1 whilst making a noise, it amplifies the sound.
Travis in his favourite cave
Adopt a Pup
Each pup at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary can cost up to £1,000+ to rescue, rehabilitate and release, if you would like to help by sponsoring a pup (Adoption is £25 each pup), please click here or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.
Seal Pups Released
On a cold but bright day sunny afternoon on 11th December 2012, Paloma, Lulu, Pink, Pavarotti and Cher were released back into the wild. The pups were loaded into the trailer by some of the staff at the Seal Sanctuary and driven to the beach at Gwithian.

Without any hesitation, Paloma was first out of the Seal Sanctuary´s trailer, racing towards the surf like a bouncing beach ball. The others were a little more reluctant and uncertain and even after the others had left, Cher decided to go back into the trailer.

With a little encouragement from Emma and Jenny, two of the Animal Care Team, Cher changed her mind and headed down the beach.

The seals remained close to the shore for a while, but it was not long before they all disappeared from view, heading off to adventures unknown in the open sea.    Click here to see a collage of photos taken of the seal release.
Photo of the seal release Photo above is courtsey of Simon Bone (
Convalescent Pool
The resident seals in the convalescence pool are teaching the pups a few tricks!
Snoopy is not happy that the pups are using her nursery pool 1 as their temporary home, so she spends most of her days at the moment waiting by convalescent pool main gate watching out for her food! (but she is not the only one waiting!)
Convalescent Pool
Looks like this pup was eavesdropping on a private conversation between Sheba and Ray!
Pup evesdropping on a conversation
Grey Seals
Jessica goes through training with Yulelogs (photo below),
Kelly (volunteer) with Marlin and Jessica with Flipper.
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Yino (photo below) is the newest member of the Humboldt penguin colony and joins the five other comical characters in the Humboldt penguin enclosure.

To spot Yino´s in his home, he has a blue coloured right side wing band.

Yoni was born at the Blankenberg SEA LIFE Centre in Belgium and then moved to the Seal Sanctuary via Weymouth SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

The Seal Sanctuary gave him a new home at Gweek at the end of November 2012.
Latest resident Yino
New Manager
A new appointment at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary could be music to the ears of staff and residents alike!

Former professional singer Trevor Broome - who spent two years as a touring cabaret singer working in clubs and on cruise ships - has taken the helm as General Manager.     Click here to read more about Trevor.
Trevor Broome
Fur Seals
Andy and Chaff (photo below) both have good and bad days when training, Chaff still keeps confusing his left from right and gulls need to be careful when he is rushing around looking for fish.

Andy likes it when some of the visitors help during feeding time, he will give them a hard stare to try and get them to throw the fish quickly.
Fur Seals
Sea Lions
André, a Californian Sea Lion (the noisy one!), Diego and Noito (photo below), Patagonian Sea Lions, are doing really well.

Although they still have lots of growing to do, when Diego and Noito are fully grown, they will weigh over ½ ton each.
Noito - Patagonian Sea Lion
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Common Seals
Luna, Sija and Babyface (photo below) have been having a relaxing few days in their pool, but wake up when they see the fish buckets arriving.
Babyface - Common Seal
Starsky and Hutch did not seem to mind the awful wet weather and were busy searching the area for hidden food.

We think their watches are fast because they always start shouting for their food well before it is feeding time and whilst Starsky waits impatiently for the Animal Care Team to arrive, he will find a few small pebbles to try and juggle with.
Tuppence, Bracken and Muffin have been searching their Paddock for the best places to graze.
Andrew and Steve, the Pygmy Goats, have been staying near the shed as they are not impressed with all the rain.
The Sheep, Florence & Patrick and Stanley, Bella & Bluebell seem to have different ideas about the rain.

Florence and Patrick were out in the paddock munching grass while the other three preferred to try some hay in their shed.
Reef, who has never been a big fan of the rain, likes to hide in the shed next to the paddocks to keep warm and dry.
If you have visited the Sanctuary in the past few months, you may have noticed this (photo below) it is a bug hotel. There are two of these along the nature trail, this one has been built opposite Otter Creek.

These bug hotels have been built so invertebrates such as bumblebees and snails have a safe place to live.
Bug Hotel
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.
Gift experiences
Run out of ideas what to get someone for their birthday 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.
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