Gentle Giants Expected at Sanctuary

Things have not been quite the same at the National Seal Sanctuary since the sad demise of its biggest and best known resident Carus the Patagonian Sea Lion.

The gentle giant with a personality to match left a big hole when he passed away just over a year ago…but now not one, but two big male Patagonians are arriving to take his place.
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The newcomers will travel to Gweek this week all the way from a sea mammal centre in Benidorm on the Costa Del Sol, where things have grown a little overcrowded.

"This will be a special day for the Sanctuary," said senior animal care assistant Clare McGowan.

"There will always be a special place in our hearts for Carus who was a firm favourite here for more than 20 years," she added, "but we're all dying to meet the new boys, and sure they will prove equally popular with our visitors."

Their new home will be the Sanctuary's spectacular Sea Lion Cove, which they will share with another giant…Californian sea lion Rocky.

Rocky is blind, and his new friends will not be released from their transport cages until he and they have had a chance to exchange verbal greetings.

"From past experience though Rocky seems to relish any new company, and we don't think it will be long before they're all splashing around happily," said Clare.

Male Patagonians have strikingly large heads and thick manes, making it very easy to see why these animals have the word 'lion' in their names.

Once safely settled in Sanctuary staff are planning a proper South American welcome for them on 2nd April 2009...with piñatas, pan pipes and themed fancy dress.
Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more information, please contact Laura Ward on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 23rd March 2009

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