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Injured rescue seal celebrates 18th birthday

Injured rescue seal celebrates 18th birthday

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:22am 15th October 2019. (Updated at 11:36am 15th October 2019)

This is Ray - the famous rescue seal celebrating his 18th birthday in Cornwall.

He has been at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek since he was three weeks old.

The poorly pup was close to starving when he was found at Widemouth Bay in October 2001.

Ray now calls the centre his forever home, after tests revealed he was suffering from brain damage.

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A brain damaged seal, rescued in Cornwall at just three weeks old, is celebrating his 18th birthday. Photo: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Ray, who has his own Facebook page, will be getting a special pool party on Tuesday lunchtime.

A dedicated beer called 'Ray of Sunshine' is being launched to help celebrate the milestone.

"Ray was rescued from Widemouth bay in October 2001, at approximately three weeks of age. 

"He was malnourished and found at the top end of the beach, as far away from the water as possible, with his nose pressed up against the side of a rock face.

"After being rescued, tests revealed he suffers from brain damage and must be on permanent medication, so will have a forever home at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

"His injuries mean he displays behaviour which is different from other seals. 

"He is extremely friendly and playful, and he is so popular he even has his own Facebook page which is kept updated with all of his shenanigans for his 4,000 followers to enjoy!"

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

You can read more about Ray here or watch him splashing about at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary...

Ray's birthday celebrations start at 12pm on Tuesday 15th October.

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