Who´s the Daddy?

A cute baby seal pup born unexpectedly at a Norfolk sanctuary could be the product of a holiday romance.

Staff at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary were taken by surprise when resident common seal Tyne gave birth to a healthy pup on 5th June 2015. They had no idea she was expecting!
Tyne's pup - photo taken on 5th June 2015
Tyne's pup The birth was witnessed by aquarist Natalie Emmerson, who had grown concerned about Tyne´s loss of appetite and listless behaviour and returned to the Sanctuary at 8pm to check on her.

The youngster must have been conceived last July while Tyne and other residents were "holidaying" in Scarborough...while the Sanctuary was re-built after being devastated by storm floods.
"Tyne and our other girls Sally, Amber and Miley were all on contraceptives at the time, which is why we never suspected Tyne was pregnant," said Natalie. "She must have found some way of discarding the tablet, even though it was tucked inside a tasty fish."

"Our solitary male Pendle
(photo right) is only two and not sexually mature yet, so the finger of suspicion is pointing at five possible culprits at Scarborough...Bruno, Mando, Bubbles, Ed and Herbie."
Tyne's pup When Natalie made her unscheduled visit to check on Tyne she found her hauled out of the seal pool and breathing very heavily.

"I was initially worried that she was seriously ill, but she was in labour, and a few minutes later the pup was born."

"Now I just feel incredibly privileged to have witnessed such an amazing happy event," she said.
Natalie alerted other staff members who helped her raise the water level in the pool to make sure the new arrival, which took to the water within an hour of being born, could easily haul out again.

"Tyne is being a model mum, suckling her pup regularly, escorting it on swims around the pool and being very protective," Natalie added. "The other residents are curious, but Tyne won´t let them get too close."

Tyne's pup
Tyne's pup The pup´s gender won´t be confirmed until vet´s can take a blood sample, which will not happen until mum and pup have had several weeks together with minimum disturbance from their human carers.

The birth has also provided an unexpected bonus for visitors, however, who can see Tyne and her pup from the seal viewing walkway adjacent to the enclosure and when they´re in the pool even watch through an underwater window.
Press Release issued by the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Nigel Croasdale 01485 533576
Date: 10th June 2015

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