Dumbo was rescued on 21st June 2017

Sadly this healthy 1-2 weeks old male common seal pup was lifted off the beach by a member of the public and placed in a cardboard box and brought to the SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Seal mothers give birth on land and then after a week or so will start to leave the pups on the beaches while they go out to sea to hunt.
Dumbo photo taken on 30th June 2017
Sometimes the pups are found by members of the public who think the pups have been abandoned but the majority of the time the mother is fishing in the shallows and keeping a close eye on her baby.

If she can see any human interference or if she can smell humans on her baby, she will abandon it there and then, so the seal rescue centre has no choice but to admit this pup to the hospital where he is rehabilitated and then released back into the wild in a few months time. The ideal release weight is 25-30kgs.
Dumbo photo taken on 16th July 2917 Update : 17th July 2017 - On 1st July Dumbo was introduced to whole fish. It was tricky at first for Dumbo to eat a slippery herring, as he is only a baby and didn´t really know what a fish was, but now he has got the hang of eating them!

This photo left and a further one of Dumbo were taken in the hospital on 16th July 2017.
Update: 24th August 2017 - This photo of Dumbo in the hospital´s wean/swim pool was taken on 22nd August 2017, click here to see a larger version of this and further image. Dumbo photo taken on 22nd August 2017
Dumbo and Norbert were released back to the wild Update: 19th October 2017 - Dumbo along with Norbert have been successfully released back in to the wild together after being nursed back to health in the seal hospital.

Although it was very sad for the staff to say goodbye, it was lovely to see them go back in to the wild in such a great state of health.

Click here to watch a short video of the release.