Countryfile Film at the National Seal Sanctuary
The BBC's Countryfile have been filming at the National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, this week with the story to be shown on this Sunday's episode.

Countryfile is shown on BBC One on Sundays at 11am and follows people, places and stories with interesting news in the British countryside.

This Monday the team have been filming at the Sanctuary, following the hoped for release of the unusual seal pup, April.
Clare McGowan of the National Seal Sanctuary and Katrina Bradley of the  Countryfile
April was brought to the Sanctuary in 2008 in very odd circumstances; she had been born completely out of breeding season. Breeding in seals usually occurs between September and February, and the pup was rescued by the team in April after becoming washed up on a beach in Newquay, when she was only two days old.
April Having no other younger pups to learn from as they had all been released, April took longer than usual to learn how to eat, and is only now ready to be released back into the wild.

Hearing this story, Katrina Bradley of the Countryfile programme wished to follow April's proposed release on Monday, and conducted filming at the Sanctuary. "April's story is definitely a heart warming one, and its fantastic that she is soon to be released back to her natural habitat. It's a story that I felt would be perfect for a slot on this weeks Countryfile" said Katrina.
Being interviewed for the documentary was Clare McGowan, senior animal care assistant at the Sanctuary. "We're happy that April is ready for release after all this time and hard work. It was very exciting having the Countryfile down to film April's story - especially as I watch it every week!" said Clare.

The filming consisted of following Clare's life at the Sanctuary, focusing on the work that carries out each day and a hopeful release of April.

The outcome of the potential release date of April can be seen on the Countryfile's programme this Sunday (25th January 2009) at 11am.
Press Release issued by the National Seal Sanctuary on 20th January 2009

Programme to be shown Sunday 25th January 2009 at 11am on BBC1
Image includes Clare McGowan and Katrina Bradley, Countryfile. Second image is of April the seal
For more information please contact Laura Ward or Clare McGowan on 01326 221361

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