|FEMALE RESIDENT SEALS|
ANNEKA was named after Anneka Rice when she visited the Sanctuary as part if her treasure Hunt programme. Anneka was brain damaged as a pup which is reflected in her behaviour- she is the liveliest of all our seals, whizzing around the convalescence pool all day and spinning around when she pops up out of the water. The similarities are remarkable with the only difference being that Anneka the seal doesn't wear lycra leggings!
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ATLANTA (or "Attie") was rescued from a beach in the Scottish highlands in 2002. Click here to read Atlanta's story on how she arrived here at the National Seal Sanctuary in mid October 2002.
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FATIMA was rescued as a pup in the early 1970s. She had suffered some really nasty head injuries from being bashed against rocks during stormy weather. The scars all over her head and nose make her easily recognizable and show the severity if her injuries. It is thought that she suffered slight brain damage and she has always had problems with both of her eyes, requiring treatment from time to time. Over the last few years encroaching pigmentation on the scarring on Fatima's eyes mean that she is gradually going blind. She is a lovely seal, one of the Animal Care Team's real favorites and she looks especially beautiful after the annual moult when she reveals her brand new silver and grey coat.
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LIZZIE arrived at the Sanctuary on the 16th October 2001. She is 25 years old, and came from the Dartmoor Wildlife Park, so she could have more suitable living conditions and companionship. She has an infected flipper and cataracts on her eyes, but otherwise is in very good health considering her age. On arrival Lizzie was placed in a pool on her own, to allow her time to adjust to her new surroundings. Now she has been moved to the convalescence pool, with the other seals and pups, she has proved to be a loveable friendly seal, who loves to come to the pool edge when called by the visitors.
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SHEBA is a partially sighted female in our convalescence pool. She was originally rescued, as a pup in the mid 1970s, with nasty infections in both of her eyes. Despite round the clock treatment to clear up the infections as quickly as possible, unfortunately Sheba had already lost the majority of her sight. Sheba still tends to have minor eye problems during the annual moult, when stray fur can aggravate the seals eyes and also during the summer in the bright sunshine. Sheba gets on brilliantly with all the other seals in the pool and absolutely adores enrichment activities, especially ice blocks with fish frozen into them and playing with huge fronds of seaweed.
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Snoopy arrived at the Sanctuary on the 26th of October 2004. The sanctuary was contacted by the Keepers of Whipsnade Wild Animal Park after Snoopy’s companion died earlier this year, with hope of providing a home for her. Snoopy made the long journey from London to Cornwall. Snoopy, who was born at Edinburgh zoo, had been a resident at Whipsnade for 22 years, where she had shared her enclosure with a common seal. Magnus, an adult male grey seal, was in 1990, the first seal to be re-homed at the Sanctuary from Edinburgh. Founder Ken Jones was contacted by the media to prevent Magnus being euthanased, after the death of his partner in Scotland.
||As both Snoopy and Magnus had been at Edinburgh at the same time, Dr Boyle wondered if there was a chance that Snoopy and Magnus were related. So the sanctuary contacted Edinburgh Zoo, and subsequent research confirmed that Snoopy was the daughter of Magnus!
“This news has definitely surprised all the staff at the Sanctuary, as we were originally told Magnus was the laziest seal at Edinburgh Zoo.” said Glenn
Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Snoopy spent a few days in a nursery pool before joining her dad and the other residents in the convalescent pool. However, Red, a rescued grey seal pup, couldn’t wait to say hello to the new resident and was found the next morning in nursery pool 2, poor Snoopy must have had the shock of her life. Red had managed to squeeze himself under the gate to join Snoopy who was keeping as far away from Red as possible!
Latest "weekly update" on Snoopy or Snoopy and her dad
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