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Meet Pippin - the injured seal pup adopted by Pirate FM

Meet Pippin - the injured seal pup adopted by Pirate FM

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:08pm 21st November 2019.

Meet Pippin - the little injured seal pup who was found on the Cornwall coast and has been adopted by Pirate FM.

She is just one of many seal pups rescued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, based in Gweek, every year.

24 grey seal pups have been rescued by the team so far this season and they usually take in around 70 in total.

Over 3,000 have been rescued by the Sanctuary since 1958!

Four pups are currently be treated in the sea hospital, which has space for six at a time.

15 pups, including Pippin, are currently in their final stage of rehabilitation. Each seal costs over £2,000 to rehabilitate

We will be following Pippin's story from rescue to release, learning exactly what the pups have to go through before they are able to return home to the Cornish seas.

Pippin the seal
Pippin when she was in the seal hospital

About Pippin:

Pippin was named by Pirate FM listener Marie Tonkin-Couch.

She was rescued by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team at the end of October.

She came to the Seal Sanctuary with lots of superficial wounds on her body, as well as some nastier infected wounds on her tail and hock.

The pup was initially taken to the Sanctuary's hospital to recover but is now well enough to be outside in one of the nursery pools.

Pippin is currently in a pool with her friend Smee, another grey seal pup, who loves attention.

He knows all his best angles and is ready to flaunt them as soon as a crowd appears!

Whilst Smee loves the spotlight, Pippin is quite shy and only appears above the surface for a few seconds at a time.

They are currently both in the pool, chilling with the other pups next door, until they get a bit better at eating and a bit quicker so they can handle themselves the bigger seals in one of the main pools.

You can pop by and see Pippin, Smee and the other pups in the nursery pools and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary if you fancy a visit!

Smee the seal
Pippin's friend Smee who she is currently sharing a pool with

The Sanctuary has some helpful tips on what to do if you come across a seal pup on the beach:

  1. Do keep your distance
    If a pup has a fluffy white coat, it still needs its mother. She will have spotted you long before you saw her and she will hopefully be watching from a safe distance out at sea. A mum will only return to feed her pup if she thinks it is safe to do so.
  2. Don’t touch the pup
    It is a wild animal with sharp teeth. A mother may reject her pup if it smells of people, so keep downwind and
    out of sight.
  3. Don’t put any seal back in the sea
    A white coated pup spends most time out of water. All seals haul out onto land to rest, digest and socialise all
    year round.
  4. Do take a good look from distance
    If the pup is alone, thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose) it may need help.
  5. Do something about it

Telephone Cornish Seal Sanctuary for expert advice on 01326221 361 or British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765 546 giving an accurate location.

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