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Busy time for Seal Sanctuary
Dory in the hospital
Dory was rescued from Kynance Cove on the Lizard

It's a busy time for the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek near Helston.

They've taken on around a dozen new pups as it's the height of the breeding season.

The idea is to feed them up, make sure they're plump and ready for the sea and then to release them.

Hundreds of seals have passed through the sanctuary over the years.

Three of the new arrivals have come from the Isles of Scilly.


October is always a busy time for the seal sanctuary. This year has been no exception.

On 17th October the sanctuary in Gweek received a call on the emergency hotline about a seal at Kynance Cove on the Lizard.

With the Animal Care Team feeding pups in the hospital, a call was placed to Dan a member of the team but also a member of British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who went out to take a look.

The little pup, only a day old and no sign of mum, was picked up and brought back to the Sanctuary. An isolation pen was prepared for this latest arrival.

She was given a course of fluids, antibiotics and blood was taken.

A couple of days later two more seals arrived at the sanctuary.

The pup, now christened Dug ,had a nasty wound to its rear flippers on the Isles of Scilly. He was flown to Penzance for treatment.

Another pup was spotted at Porthgwarra put soon disappeared back into the water but was later spotted again in the middle of the beach.

The pup called Nemo was very sleepy, malnourished and had blood on it front right flipper. It was only a week old. Nemo is now being looked after at the sanctuary.

Find out more about the work at the National Seal Sanctuary by clicking here

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