Seal Rescue Team in Unique Triple Call Out Drama

Seal rescuers at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary carried out an unprecedented three rescue missions simultaneously this week.

The first call out saw Displays Supervisor Kieran Copeland dashing to Hunstanton beach to rescue an abandoned female common seal pup.

No sooner was he out of the door however than a second call came in, and colleague Hollie Stephenson was dispatched to Old Hunstanton Beach to pick up a sickly one-day-old male pup.
Robin That just left General Manager Nigel Croasdale and Animal Care Team member Jo Copas to respond to the third call...from a fishing boat on its way into harbour at King´s Lynn.

Nigel drove Jo to King´s Lynn in his own car to meet the skipper and crew of the Silver Star, who had watched a small pup on a sand bar for a whole day while fishing, and having seen no sign of an adult decided it needed rescuing.
The latter casualty, though a good three days older than the other two, proved to be in the worst condition. Another female, she weighed only 8.2kgs and was running a temperature.

The three new arrivals, christened Mystique (photo right), Spiderman and Flash Gordon respectively, in line with a super hero theme for this year´s casualties...brought the tally in the Sanctuary´s indoor hospital to seven so far.
Batman "For a little while the Sanctuary was being run by a skeleton crew, with almost half the staff out rescuing seals, " said Nigel.

"We´re well into the common seal breeding season now, and expect the odd emergency," he added, "but even after heavy storms it´s rare we get two call-outs together, let alone three."
Nigel suspects one reason is that the Sanctuary is now most people´s first option when seeking help, rather than any of the other rescue organisations.

"Our rescue work was prominently featured on a new national television series last week," he said, "which may also be a contributory factor."

Apart from a minor infection around Spiderman´s umbilical cord, the rescued pups primary need seems just to be sustenance.
Wonder Woman "Signs are good that all our pups will fare well enough, and should all be fattened up enough to move into our outdoor pools in a few weeks," said Nigel.

"By the later autumn they should be fit enough and fat enough to be returned to the wild."

Already receiving the tender ministrations of the animal care team are pups Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Daredevil.

Press Release issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Nigel Croasdale 01305 533576
Date: 29th June 2013

Above photos from top to bottom are:- Daredevil, Robin, Mystique, Batman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman

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