The National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek is now two months in to its 48th year of seal rescue, and over the last 8 weeks have rescued ten baby seals that have been found injured or malnourished on beaches around Cornwall.
Every year the Sanctuary staffs who rescue and care for the seals need to find names for all the pups that arrive at Gweek. Over the years we have chosen different themes. In 2003/2004 the team named them after plants, last year we choose rivers and this year the theme is...beer.
Luckily the names picked so far for the pups have suited them. Guinness, who was rescued from Crackington Haven, was very malnourished and about two weeks old. He was also in the middle of losing his white fluffy coat and only had a white head with a new dark coat on his body.
"Guinness was a tiny pup when he first arrived and his coat was defiantly one of the most strangest we have had at the Sanctuary over the years".
Another pup rescued from Porthgwarra was in very bad condition when Animal Care Assistant Marianne Fellows turned up. This pup was malnourished had multiple wound to her body, she was also severely dehydrated. Fluids were given at the beach and then taken back to Sanctuary. "Shambles" as she was named, due to her many wounds, looked unlikely to survive from her injuries she had sustained. But with round the clock care from the dedicated team, Shambles is now a different pup, the Sanctuary’s vet has also praised the efforts of the team. Her wounds have almost healed, and she is piling on the weight from the fish being fed to her.
The Sanctuary staff are looking forward to a quiet pup season, after rescuing and releasing 46 pups from last year.
"With a record number of pups rescued in 2004/2005, we hope this season will be quiet."
The Seal Sanctuary would also like to remind the public that if they should find a baby seal and it needs help or you are concerned then please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361.