PUMPKIN - Arrived on 21st November 2005

Pumpkin was rescued from the Puttsborough beach in Devon by the RSPCA and found to have an eye infection. She was approximately 2 - 3 weeks old.

Pumpkin was transferred from the RSPCA to the sanctuary for the last stage of her rehabilitation.
Pumpkin, a rescued grey seal pup. Photo taken on 30th December 2005 in the nursery pool
Update: 30th December 2005 - After receiving a clean bill of health, Pumpkin has been moved into nursery 1 along with Slip, Scrumpy, Skiff, Bob and Quinn who have all been moved to the nursery pools from the hospital.
Pumpkin, Mite, Skinner and Thatcher  - photo was taken by Camilla ErikssonUpdate: 23rd January 2006 - Pumpkin was released back into the wild today along with Mite (wearing hat number 02), Thatcher (tag number 03) and Skinner (wearing hat tag number 04). All were easily put into the cage at the Sanctuary and quite happily came out of the cage straight in to the trailer.
On arriving at the beach, the Sanctuary staff were met by a film crew from BBC Seaside Rescue who were on the beach the day Mite was rescued and were now joining us for her release.

Thatcher was first out and headed straight for the water without looking back, the other three on the other hand took a little persuading.
It took the three of them a little while to get their flippers and soon Pumpkin and Skinner headed off towards the sea.

Mite on the other hand headed for the stream on the side of the beach but the steam was flowing faster than expected. Mite got in to the steam and rolled over and over down to the waters edge. Mite found his flippers and headed off out around the point.
Pumpkin released back into the wild - photo was taken by Rachael Vine
This photo of Pumpkin was taken by Simon BoneUpdate: 18th April 2006 - Pumpkin was spotted on 14th of April 2006 at a seal colony along the Atlantic coast of Cornwall.

This photo was taken by Simon Bone, to see more of his photographs, go to www.Cornishseals.co.uk