Babyface - Harbour (Common) Seal
Meet our New Resident Seal : Babyface, the new feature for 2011 This is Babyface the newest resident adult male harbour/common seal who joined the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 17th September 2010, after spending 26 years at Colchester Zoo, he was originally rescued by the Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary. Whilst at Colchester Zoo, Babyface sired many pups.

Come and visit Babyface, and his pool partners, Luna and Sija, and see for yourself how well he is progressing with his target training.

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Click here to read Babyface´s press release.
Luna, Sija and Babyface in 2013 Babyface, Europe´s oldest Common Seal, has beaten his keepers´ best efforts to prevent him becoming a dad again for the second year running in 2014.

At the grand old age of 37, Babyface has now fathered two seal pups from his supposed retirement home in two of the four years he has been at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

The Animal Care Team having prescribed both females, Sija and Luna, with contraceptive following the birth of pup Bo, the latest addition has been described as something of a minor miracle.
Babyface's two pups On 29th June 2013, Babyface´s pool partner Sija gave birth to a pup later named "Bo". Click here to read more.

Then on 13th July 2014, Sija gave birth to Babyface´s second pup. Click here to read more.


In August 2016 the Animal Care Team asked themselves can you teach an old Seal "New Tricks"!   Click here to find out more.

Click here to watch a short video of Babyface doing his training.
Bo, etc Since late December 2016, Babyface has shared the common seals enclosure with rescued seal Jarvis, and his two sons, Bo and Buddy.

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Plaque at Colchester Zoo Click here to see a larger version of this photo. This plaque is on display at the place at Colchester Zoo where Babyface used to live with his partner Jasmine, who passed away in 2010.

Babyface has fathered many pups over the years including Bubbles, who is a resident at Scarborough SEA LIFE.
Babyface celebrating his 44th birthday in June 2022 It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the passing of our oldest boy and dear friend Babyface the common seal on the 16th of December 2022. This is a huge loss to the Sanctuary family, everyone who cared for him, worked with him, met him and loved him.

Even though he was already an elderly seal at this point, he still managed to get up to mischief (which is how the Cornish Seal Sanctuary ended up with his two lovely sons, Bo and Buddy!).

Click here to read Babyface´s press release.

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