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Issue 152
September 2018


Exciting News!!!
On 27th September 2018 Megan and Zoe, members of the Animal Care Team, recieved some exciting news about Squidge.

They announced that "Squidge is 4 months old today and we have found out that he is...A BOY!"

"He is now in our Penguin Pool with the rest of our Humboldt Penguin colony and his parents, Lola and Gilbert."

It's a Boy!
It's a Boy! After Lola and Gilbert struggled with their parenting skills, the Animal Care Team made the decision to hand rear Squidge, and it is thanks to their hard work that Squidge is a happy healthy boy!

Click here to watch the moment when the Megan and Zoe opened the envelope to reveal that Squidge is a Boy!
Rescued Seal Pups 2018/19
The naming theme for rescued seal pups during the 2018/19 season will be from the 1980s era.
Bananarama, first seal of 2018/19 rescued season, arrived on 24th August 2018 from Trevellas Cove near St Agnes.

Malnourished, suspected parasitic pneumonia, bite wounds to her flippers and scarred right eye from an old injury.
Wham, first whitecoat seal pup of 2018/19 rescued season, arrived on 7th September 2018.   This 2-3 days old pup was separated from mum, malnourished and very weak, upper respiratory infection, high temperature, minor ulceration in both eyes, superficial grazes to flippers and chin.
Bananarama Wham
Scrunchie, 3-4 days old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 12th September 2018 from Lushington Cove. She was separated from her mum. The pup has an ulcer in her left eye.

Scrunchie needs to learn to eat for herself and gain weight, currently still on eye drops that are helping with the ulcer.
Aye Aye, 3 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued from St Davids, Pembrokeshire in Wales on 3rd August 2018 by the RSPCA and taken to their West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

She was transferred to Gweek on 13th September 2018 for her final stage of rehabilitation.
Scrunchie Aye Aye
Mullet, 4 days old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 14th September 2018 from Trevaunance Cove near St Agnes. He was rescued due to public disturbance. Pups this age may not have been separated from mum, mum may be waiting for when the beach is quiet to come up and feed her pup. If she feels threatened, she won´t come up onto a busy beach to do this. Madonna, one week old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 15th September 2018 from some rocks near Coastguard Station in St Ives.

This pup had multiple superficial puncture wounds and loose teeth which were removed by the vet in the seal hospital.
Mullet Madonna
Terminator, 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 25th September 2018 from Mother Ivey´s Bay.

This pup was found malnourished with superficial wounds and a superficial ulcer in his right eye.
Enys and Jonesy have completed their rehabilitation and were released back into the wild on 7th September 2018. Click here to see a larger version of this collage of photos below.
Photos below credit: Lizzi Larbalestier of BDMLR
Terminator Photos by Lizzi Larbalestier
You can help support the work of The Cornish Seal Sanctuary as they care for Rescued Seal Pups and the Residents by joining the Adoption Scheme.   Click here for more information.

Each Adoption makes a valuable contribution to the seal rescue programme, allowing the Sanctuary to provide continuing care for those seals and other marine mammals around our coasts that need our help and to look after those that are unable to be released back into the wild.

We hope you enjoy this selection of photos, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the image.
Cheeky Ray has a Facebook Page. Are you following him? Jinx and Megan
Ray Jinx and Megan
Megan and SquidgeGrace and Willow
Squidge Grace and Willow
This is on display in receptionBabyface
This is on display in reception Babyface
Three beautiful miniature long haired Dachshund visitorsAltanta
Three beautiful dachshunds visitors Atlanta
Sheba Willow
Bananarana, rescued seal pupSnoopy
Bananarana, rescued seal pup Snoopy

Meet the New Members of the Animal Care Team!
Animal Care Assistant
Trainee Animal Care Assistant
Animal Care Assistant
Elliot - Animal Care Assistant Laura - Trainee Animal Care Assistant Mikolaj - Animal Care Assistant

Short Videos for this month...Enjoy!
A short video of
Badger enjoying the enrichment game
A short video of
Squidge exploring his home
A short video of
House Martins Chicks
Badger enjoys the enrichment toys Squidge exploring Video of House Martins Chicks

Did you know...?
ALC 3.5% Vol Cornish Light IPA Beer ...that the Seal Sanctuary have their very own unique ALC 3.5% Vol Cornish Light IPA Beer?

Next time you are at the Sanctuary, don´t forget to buy a bottle or two of this unique beer sold at the Café´s shop and at reception.

Beach Clean on 7th October 2018 Coverack Beach Clean

If you are not doing anything on Sunday 7th October 2018,
why not come and join some of the members of the
Cornish Seal Sanctuary staff for the local beach clean at
Coverack at 11am. Meet below the steps.

One free entry person to the Sanctuary for those who take part.

Do you have any
unwanted Towels!
If anyone has any spare towels they don´t want, please drop them into the reception at the Sanctuary, the Animal Care Team are desperate for these, as the stock of towels are running very low.

The Animal Care Team use 4 towels per seal a day so if you have any old towels you don´t want, please drop them in.

Why do the Animal Care Team ask for towels?

These are used during the rescue process, first to distract the seal and then to cover its head and body. Once the seal´s head is covered they tend to calm down.

Towels are also used during the rehabilitation process, again for handling the seal and also to keep the pen dry and warm during the early part of the treatment.
Post Release Monitoring
of Seals
With each update we will name any tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-
Beast, Elvis and Polar Bear on 6th September 2018,
Pebbles on 9th September 2018,
Whist on 13th September 2018,
Boo on 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th September 2018,
Orion on 21st September 2018
Snowdrop on 24th & 25th September 2018
and Alpha on 27th September 2018.

This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Dogs are
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

To purchase an adoption, simply call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or purchase your adoption pack during your visit!   Please click here for more details.
Did you know that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary loves well behaved dogs! Dogs are always welcome at the Sanctuary provided they are kept on a lead.

Please do not leave dog(s) in your car during your visit. Also don´t forget to bring some poo bags with you to clear up after your dog(s).
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet.
Animal Adoptions Dogs are always welcome Latest leaflet

Buy your Discount Entry 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.

When you click here or on the button right, it will take you through to the Official Cornish Seal Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.
A Frequent Question: I´m on holiday in the area and can´t print my tickets

Answer: Although it is preferable and quicker if the front of house staff have a printed copy of your ticket, you can still book your tickets online in advance and make savings if you bring along the booking reference number (or can show the email confirmation on a mobile device) and some ID that matches the booking name. The Front of House Staff can then check the records and allow entry from there.

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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