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Issue 178
September 2020


The Cornish Seal Sanctuary want you to help them celebrate British seals on National Seal Day (1st September) with the launch of their campaign Put Pups First. As the grey seal pupping season gets under way, the Sanctuary need you to help them spread the awareness on how to keep wild pups safe and give them a better chance in life.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are really proud to present Hannah Stitfall, Megan McCubbin, Lucie Donlan and Doug Allan asking you to help them to "Put Pups First", with some basic guidelines on what to do with seal pups you come across on the coastline and how you can help the Seal Sanctuary to help them, by supporting the appeal. Click here to watch the "Put Pups First" video.

Due to Covid-19, this season is going to be a particularly tough one for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, so any support you can give, will go towards the rescue efforts for 2020/21. Thank you.

The 2020/21 Seal Pup Rescue Season
Dim Sum, nearly fully moulted female seal pup, was rescued on 5th September 2020 from Mawgan Porth by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics. The seal pup was only 11.5kgs when she arrived at the Sanctuary´s hospital which is very small! She was found malnourished, tired and dehydrated with an ulcer on her eye so the decision was made to rescue her so the Animal Care Team are able to help and get her back to full health.

Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier (BDMLR)
Dim Sum
Empanada - Photo credit - Sue Sayer Empanada had been being spotted without her mum and looked incredibly hungry as she had begun to approach other adult seals and suckle rocks.

After being monitored for 48 hours by the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteers in the hope that her mum would return, and also receiving a few bites from other seals on the beach, the decision was made to lift Empanada to safety by BDMLR on 8th September.

Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT
Cornish Pasty, male small whitecoat pup, was picked up on 21st September 2020 at around 2 weeks old weighing 16.5kgs from Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes by BDMLR marine mammal medics.

Click here to see a selection of photos of Cornish Pasty´s arrival at the Seal Sanctuary.

Click here to watch a short video.
Cornish Pasty

Chicken Nugget Chicken Nugget has completed her first stage of rehabilitation and was moved from the hospital to the outside pool on 25th September 2020. She currently weighs 21.5kgs.

It will not be too long before this pup is released back into the wild in the next month or so once she gets to the target weight of 30kgs.

How would you like the opportunity
to name a seal pup?!
The Sanctuary´s new pup sponsorship programme for 2020/21 rescue season allows you to support seal pups in need and follow a pups journey from rescue to release, giving you more of a chance to be involved than ever.   You will receive:-

• The chance to name a pup*
• Pup updates (including photos)
• The opportunity to attend the pup´s release*
• One entry for up to four people to visit the pup
• A pup adoption pack
Name a Rescued Seal Pup
Pup sponsorship is £250...If you want to sponsor a pup or for more information, please call 01326 221361!

*Any inappropriate names will not be allowed. Invitation to the release will be given, however, please be aware that due to weather and sea conditions, sometimes notice can be very short, i.e. the day before. The Seal Sanctuary will film and send you the release in these cases.

Happy Birthday Yulelogs Happy 31st Birthday Yulelogs!

Wishing the very gorgeous boy, Yulelogs, a very happy 31st birthday on 10th September!

The Animal Care Team team have spoilt him with an amazing ice fish cake which as you can see he very much enjoyed!

Otter finds love while "Fishing for Love"
Harris has found love again after his animal care team set him up on "Fishing for Love" in the hope of finding him a new life partner.

Harris, the Asian short clawed otter, was paired up with Apricot, who sadly passed away after reaching an impressive 16 years of age, leaving Harris alone for the first time in four years.

Whilst he appeared to have resigned himself back to the bachelor lifestyle, there´s now no female telling him how to make his bed - what a mess! Click here to read more.
Fishing for Love

Post Release Monitoring of Seals
With each update we will name any tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-
Orion - 18th September 2020 - Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT Strawberry Shortcake on 3rd September 2020
Billie Jean on 6th September 2020
Petunia on 11th September 2020
Orion (photo right) on 18th September 2020
Jenga on 19th September 2020
Shuttle and Beast on 28th September 2020

Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT
This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken this month, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.

Dogs are
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

To purchase an adoption, simply call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or purchase your adoption pack during your visit!   Please click here for more details.
Did you know that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary loves well behaved dogs! Dogs are always welcome at the Sanctuary provided they are kept on a lead.

Please do not leave dog(s) in your car during your visit. Also don´t forget to bring some poo bags with you to clear up after your dog(s).
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet.
Animal Adoptions Dogs are always welcome Latest leaflet

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For over 60 years the Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups from the Cornish coastline and beyond that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon.
BellaBella being checked by the Animal Care Team
A quick reminder that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team on 01825 765546.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle or touch the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup back in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.

When you ring an appropriate organisation, please be prepared to give an exact location of the seal, your contact details, what condition is the seal in for example is it alone, thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose). Tell people around you to keep clear of the seal by at least 50 metres, if you can, draw a circle in the sand around the pup.

Remember most often seals come out of the water on to land to rest, digest after eating their food, relax and sleep.

What to do if you find a dead seal on beach!

If you come across a dead seal, the advice is not to touch or go near it, please call Cornwall Wildlife Trust on 0345 201 2626 or go to their Website.

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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