Athena Goes Free After Record Recovery

Athena the grey seal pup has broken all previous recovery records at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary and returned to the wild after only six weeks.

The Sanctuary´s first grey seal casualty of the year, she was rescued from Mundesley Beach on 10th March 2015 in a lethargic state and covered in small bite wounds, either from another seal or possibly from a dog.
Athena A thorough veterinary inspection back at the Sanctuary´s seal hospital revealed she also had a nasty infestation of parasitic lungworm.

"Even with all her ailments Athena was a strong and otherwise fit seal, and she was happily feeding herself on whole fish that first day," recalls animal care team member Chris Powers.
"She weighed 30 kilos when rescued, but within six weeks she had reached 54 kilos and had recovered enough to go back to the wild."

"Most of our casualties need about three months care and convalescence, so Athena´s bounce back has been one of the quickest on record," he added.
Athena being released back into the wild on 21st April 2015 Athena was released at Snettisham beach on Tuesday morning (21st April 2015), and after pausing briefly on the beach to look at Chris as if to say "thankyou," swam strongly out to sea.

The Sanctuary team is now caring for just two convalescing seals Artemis and Hemera who are expected to be released in a few months time.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo of Athena.

Press Release issued by the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Nigel Croasdale 01485 533576
Date: 22nd April 2015

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