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Last Updated: Sunday January 27 2008 12:44 GMT

Seal celebrates special birthday

Magnus the seal

Happy birthday Magnus! A seal who lives in a Cornish sanctuary is celebrating his 40th birthday!

It's thought that he is the oldest male grey seal in captivity - that means not living in the wild.

And to celebrate he's having a special cake made from fishy treats including sprat, herring and conger eel.

Male grey seals like Magnus normally live for about 30 years in the wild, with their female counterparts usually living up to 40 years.

"Magnus loves his conger eel, and will be reluctant to share his cake with any of the other residents," said Tamara Cooper, animal care supervisor.

Magnus lives at the National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, where he moved to in 1990 from a Scottish zoo.

His future had looked bleak in Scotland as he was the zoo's only seal and he would have been put to sleep if a new home had not been found.

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