First ever Humboldt Penguin chick to be born at Hunstanton Sea Life
The yet to be officially named tiny waddler was born to parent Humboldt penguins Charlie and Jerome on 3rd May 2017.
The Animal Care Team will not know if the baby penguin, which weighed just 92 grams when it was born, is a boy or a girl until its 3 months old. The sex of the baby Humboldt penguin will be determined by means of a DNA test but we have to wait 10 weeks before such a test can be carried out.
Two popular suggestion amongst the team are "Fluffy McFluffyface" and baby "Pip", which could be changed to "Pippa" if the penguin is a girl, in honour of Pippa Middleton´s marriage to James Matthews on 20th May 2017.
For now, the baby penguin has been given several nicknames and the team hope you the public can help once the team know the penguins gender.
Click here to watch a short video taken on 28th May 2017 of this baby chick.
Rescued Seal Pups
Aayla has been moved to the outside seal pool for her final stage of rehabilitation before being returned to the wild in the next month.
Obi Wan is still in the seal hospital and recovering well from lung worms. As Obi Wan is the only rescued seal pup in the hospital at the moment, he is getting lots of TLC from the Animal Care Team.
Click here to watch a short video of Obi Wan in the hospital.
Seal Pups Released
Emperor Palpatine had been rehabilitated over the last few months and was released back to the wild on 10th May 2017.
Adopt a Seal Pup
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Why not adopt a seal pup or a creature and help to maintain the first class animal care at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
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Seals in the Wild
We went to check out the local Seals near Hunstanton, by booking a boat trip to view the seals with Searles Sea Tours on sand banks in the Wash!
Click here to see a further selection of photos of the seals in the wild via flickr.
If You Discover a Seal Pup in the Wild!
If you should discover a seal pup that seems to be in distress, or is alone, what you do next could mean the difference between life and death for the animal.
DO keep your distance; DON´T attempt to handle the pup; DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.
Please call the Hunstanton SEA LIFE on 01485 533576.
The Animal Care Team are on call around the clock to race to the rescue of seal pups in trouble anywhere around the coast.
Back at the Sanctuary, pups receive expert veterinary care and are gradually weaned from a liquid diet to whole fish in the purpose built hospital.
Then it´s to the outdoor pools to gain weight and build strength and stamina ready to resume life in the wild.
The Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary´s leaflet is available, Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version.
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This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.