Let´s hear it for the Boys!

The Sanctuaries new resident common seal, Jarvis, has joined the boys in the common seal pool at the Sanctuary.

Jarvis arrived at the sanctuary on the 16th September 2016 from Porthminster Beach in St Ives. He was slightly underweight, had superficial wounds and bilateral cataracts in both eyes.

Unfortunately due to the cataracts Jarvis could not be a candidate for release and had to become a permanent resident at the sanctuary.
Babyface, Bo and Buddy The Sanctuary knew they would be able to provide a perfect home for Jarvis in their common seal pool, which is home to father and son trio Babyface, Bo and Buddy.

The team were confident that he would get along very well with the boys, but needed to make sure he would be fit and healthy enough before introducing him to his new pool partners.

Photo left: Babyface with his sons, Bo and Buddy
During his time in the nursery pool the animal care team introduced him to target training, with the use of a rattle stick.

Grace Jones, a Junior Animal Care Assistant said "Using the rattle positioned at the end of the target sticks, he could learn to distinguish the noise with the target followed by a fish reward. This benefits both Jarvis and the team, as we will be able to safely carry out body checks and expand his training."

Photo right: Taylor doing target training with Jarvis
Jarvis Jarvis joined the common seal pool on the 31st December 2016 and is really enjoying his new pool mates.

Grace said "He can seem quite shy at first, but he doesn´t hold back when wanting to play with Bo and Buddy, the whole team have developed a real soft spot for him!"

Photo left: Jarvis with his new pool mates Bo and Buddy

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 9th February 2017