National Seal Sanctuary resident Magnus, celebrates his 37th birthday this week...making him the worlds oldest rescued grey seal.

Enquires have confirmed that the only grey seal older than Magnus anywhere in the world, is a 39-year-old female at a sanctuary in Sweden…and that no other male has ever reached such a ripe old age.

For 25 years, Magnus lived at Edinburgh Zoo, but when the Zoo wanted to redevelop his pool for penguins, Magnus´s future was uncertain.

Seal Sanctuary founder, Ken Jones, heard of Magnus´s plight and offered him a home at Gweek, where he has now been for 15 years, and enjoying his retirement in the convalescent pool with the many females.

"When Magnus arrived we were told he was the laziest seal in Scotland. However, when the breeding season starts each autumn, he is a different character" said seal curator Dr Glenn Boyle

"With old age upon him, his vision and hearing are now failing. But Magnus knows when it´s feeding time and waits in the corner of the pool by the gate. If he doesn´t receive his fair share of fish, he splashes the water, making feeding time very wet for our Animal Care Team."

This Bank Holiday weekend the Sanctuary is celebrating this milestone of a birthday with events and activities on site. We have a special birthday quiz where you can win a prize, face painting and you can also make a card for Magnus and enter it in our competition.

Magnus our ´birthday boy´

Photo Opportunity: Magnus showing off at feeding time.

To read about how Magnus´ birthday celebrations went over the Bank Holiday Weekend  click here
(30th April to 2nd May 2005)

For more details contact either Dr Glenn Boyle or Rachael Vine on telephone number: 01326 221361.

Press Release date: 24th April 2005