Seal Pup Named after Wimbledon Champion

The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary in Oban celebrates its first common seal rescue of the season, and names him after Scottish star.

Staff at the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary received their first call of the seal pup season on 2nd July 2013. The initial call came at 10.30am, and after a series of phone calls, the animal care team decided to head out to the rescue site at Silver Sands near the Caravan Park in Arisaig on the West Coast of Scotland.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray Peter Coombes, the head of displays, headed out to the rescue, "As with all seal rescue phone calls it is important to establish the needs of the pup before we set off, to ensure that we have everything we need to treat them when we get there," said Peter, "Often pups can be in hard to reach areas, and sometimes we need specialist equipment to reach them."

The team who have already grown attached to the young pup and have named him Murray in honour of Andy Murray´s win on 7th July 2013!
"We were still debating on the name for the young pup" said Pete, "But after Murray´s fantastic victory on Sunday we thought the name of a victor would suit him best!"

The pup is healthy and is suspected to have been abandoned by its Mother, the Sanctuary´s animal care team are feeding him a "fish soup" every four hours, including through the night!

"Murray is doing really well," said Peter, "he is still very vulnerable as normally at this stage, he would be suckling from his mother, but he is being monitored constantly, and we are hopeful of a full recovery."

Murray, who is a common seal, will join the Sanctuary´s resident Seals, Pippa, Lora and Macey who reside in the Sanctuary presently due to thyroid problems which require them to be on constant medication, until he is well enough to be released back into the wild.

Press Release issued by The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Pollyanna Haigh on 01389 722440
Date: 10th July 2013