Three's Company for Oban Seals
A seal pup called Lily has made a journey of more than 200 miles from Tynemouth to Oban to provide company for resident male Lorne and his one-year-old daughter Lora.

When long-term resident Gigha died last September Lorne lost his partner and Lora lost her mother.
Lorne (right) and Lora (left)
The pair seem to have coped really well, but Sanctuary staff decided they could both do with a new friend. "Their outdoor pools seemed just a little emptier than ideal," said displays supervisor Laurance Larmour.
Harriman watching Lily "Poor old Lorne lost both his lady friends in fairly quick succession. They reached the end of their natural lifespan and coming up to 25-years old Lorne is a ripe old age himself."

Lily joined her new companions on Monday morning and received a warm and enthusiastic welcome.
"Lily's arrival may just give Lorne an extra lease of life, and without doubt Lora will appreciate the company of another youngster with almost as much energy as she has herself," added Laurance.

Lily was born at sister attraction the Weymouth SEA LIFE Park two years ago, but headed north to Tynemouth where she provided valuable care experience for the team at a new seal facility.
Lora and Lily "Lily was basically on loan to the Tynemouth facility and now she's going to come and join Lorne and Lora as a permanent resident," said Lawrence.

Lily's arrival heralds a further stage completed in a major redevelopment of the Sanctuary's 'Seal Rescue' facilities this year.

Issued by The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Claire Rowlands - Operations Manager on 01631 720386
Press Release date: 8th July 2008

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