News Update July 2013
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Rescued Seal Pups
As you may have read in this year's rescue pages, there had been nine rescued seal pups in the hospital since the 19th of June 2013. Unfortunately a viral infection broke out in the seal hospital towards the end of that month and and despite multiple treatments and lots of tests, swabs, veterinary examinations and around the clock care by the Animal Care Team of Daredevil, and Flash Gordon, sadly did not make it.

It is always very sad when a rescued pup dies but sometimes these little ones just don´t have enough antibodies and strength in them to pull through, despite the best efforts of all the staff at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Now that all the remaining seven seal pups have completely got over their illness, Robin and Mystique have been able to join Dangermouse, Batman, Spiderman and Wonderwoman in the pup´s weaning (swimming) pool.
Pups in the weaning pool
The baby of the group is, Superman, she is also gaining weight well, and eating lots! Despite being the smallest, she´s a tough one, and with a little help from some antibiotics has managed to recover really well from the nasty virus that the rescued pups have been fighting this year. Unfortunately, she also has Seal Pox, but don´t worry - it´s just like when we get Chicken Pox!

The Animal Care Team are keeping a close eye on Superman while she recovers, but are confident she´ll be just fine. It does mean she´ll be kept by herself until she´s completely better, just to make sure the others don´t catch it - just like Chicken Pox, its very contagious! Despite this, she´s very happy, and still the feisty one of the group. She´s now big enough to be learning to pool feed, and if she picks it up as fast as she learnt to hand feed, she may even manage to beat the others at it!
Superman
Aquarium
This is Hollie cleaning the windows of the Tropical Shark Tank, she is very brave! She drew lots of attention from the visitors.

Click here to see a larger photo of this.

Hollie cleaning the windows
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It is feeding time in the North Sea and Ray Lagoon. Click here to see a larger photo of this.
North Sea display
Behind the Scenes
In the Quarantine area this Lobster has lots of eggs, there could soon be many tiny lobsters swimming around...
Lobster with babies
Adopt an Animal
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Hunstanton
SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Please click here, send an email or call 01485 533576 for more details.
CBBC Wild Show
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary was featured live on CBBC Wild Show on Saturday 13th July 2013 with presenters Noami, Tim and Radzi.

Noami fed the pups in the hospital and Tim cleaned the shark tank. Click here to see a selection of photos from the day.

Click here to see a photo of some of the members of the staff with the three presenters.
CBBC Wild Show
Penguins
The penguins are currently in their annual moult. Instead of losing a feather at a time like most birds do, penguins are losing all of their feathers and they look very very untidy while they do this. In fact they look quite ill and unkempt during this time.

However, after a few weeks all their new feathers will grow back and they will have lovely clean and shiny coat.
Penguins looking very untidy
Earlier this month, Dan the Sanctuary´s Carpenter, built a new front and refurbished the Penguins enclosure.
Penguins new refurbished home
Otters
Summer always loves to have her photo taken and can be seen waiting for a camera.
Summer, one of the Otters
Resident Seals
The resident seals are having a relaxing time while the latest rescued pups are still in the hospital, but Pendle is still up to some mischief.
Seals
Caimen Crocodiles
Jabuti, Kacheri and Wanadi are still not keen on the three yellow bellied Terrapins and can often be seen sitting out of the way on the dry land of their enclosure.
 Jabuti, Kacheri and Wanadi
Save Money on Admission Tickets
Don´t forget to purchase your entrance tickets for single admission tickets, family tickets, group tickets, school bookings, etc., on-line in advance and Save Money.

Plus you can also purchase SEA LIFE Annual Passes and Merlin Annual Passes.

When you click here, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´ official Hunstanton
SEA LIFE Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.
If You Discover a Seal Pup in the Wild!
The animal care team is 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.
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.
Seal Pup on Beach Call the
Hunstanton
SEA LIFE
Sanctuary
on
01485 533576
or
contact your nearest RSPCA officer.
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