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Pups are latest stars to arrive at Cornish Seal Sanctuary

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 12, 2013

  • Seal pups Aurora, above, and below, Eclipse, left, and Mars, right, at the seal hospital at Gweek, near Helston

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The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has been busy looking after some cute newborn pups.

With the seal mating season in full swing it was only a matter of time before the sanctuary had some rescued grey seals to look after.

After receiving many calls over the past few weeks, the Cornwall Seal Group and British Divers Marine Life Rescue picked up some pups that needed a little extra care.

Three seal pups, called Aurora, Mars and Eclipse, duly arrived at the seal hospital at Gweek, near Helston, where the animal care team started the long process of rehabilitation.

And each had a different story. Aurora, the youngest pup, had been abandoned at only three days old, though she showed no signs of any illness or injury.

When Mars arrived he had puncture wounds and an eye injury and had to be dosed up with antibiotics.

The sanctuary's Lara Sword said: "All the pups that come to the sanctuary may have different reasons for being there but one thing remains the same: the dedication and love they get from the animal care team. The team members are so fond of the animals, they like to plan ahead with the names of the new pups.

"This year the theme that was chosen was space, of course, and once the team meet the new arrivals they have a pretty good idea which name belongs to which pup."

She said people were welcome to visit the sanctuary and have a look at the new pups. The sanctuary expects, on average, to rehabilitate up to 60 injured or abandoned seal pups each year between September and February.

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