Rubeus Hagrid Becomes The First to Start a
Very Busy Rescue Season
The National Seal Sanctuary has rescued their first pup on Wednesday 23rd September 2009, naming him Rubeus Hagrid, after the Harry Potter favourite.

The male seal pup was found washed up Soapy Bay near Mullion at only ten days old, by Animal Care Team assistant, Dan Jarvis.

After taking a phone call from a member of the public, Dan started his rescue mission to Soapy Bay.
Rubeus Hagrid Becomes The First to Start a Very Busy Rescue Season
"After finding Rubeus and assessing the situation, I realised he has an infection in his rear flippers and needed to be brought back to the Sanctuary" said Dan.

The Sanctuary is following a Harry Potter theme this year for the naming of its pups. "Rubeus is quite a big pup for its age, so to name him after Hagrid seemed very appropriate!" added Dan.

It starts what could be a very busy season for the Sanctuary, with three pups being brought in over three days; Rubeus being rescued on Wednesday, Hermonie on Thursday (24th September 2009) and another pup on Friday (25th September 2009).

"It does vary how quickly we start seeing pups come in once the breeding season starts, but this was definitely a very busy beginning! It looks like we could be in for a busy few months!" said Dan.

The three pups were rescued from very different locations over Cornwall. Rubeus from Mullion, Hermonie from Portreath and the yet-to-be-named pup from Padstow. Hermonie was only two days old when rescued.

"We have high hopes that all three will make a full recovery and be able to be released back into the wild, but they are likely to be with us for around four months and visitors are welcome to come and see them at our Seal Hospital during this time" said the Sanctuary's Laura Ward. The Sanctuary relies on visitors throughout the year, to help fund its pup rescue work. If you do find a seal that you are concerned about, please contact the Sanctuary on 01326 221361.

Note: Your press staff are welcome to take photos from Monday 28th September 2009 onwards, as the pups are currently in an isolation area available only to staff.
Press Release issued by: The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Laura Ward or Dan Jarvis on 01326 221361
Date: 25th September 2009

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