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Rare seal pup given permanent home in Cornwall

Badger the rare black seal pup Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

A rare black seal pup abandoned by his mum when only two weeks old will need lifelong medical care.

Grey seal pup Badger was rescued from the Isles of Scilly last November with wounds thought to have been inflicted by other seals.

He has since been looked after at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, where he has now been diagnosed with a permanent thyroid condition requiring regular medication.

Badger when he was a pup Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Without regular treatment Badger would die. He responded so well to antibiotics and other treatment when he first arrived, we were confident he would soon be resuming life in the wild.

Unfortunately his condition soon deteriorated again, and that was when it was discovered he has an under-active thyroid.

– Tamara Cooper, Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Badger is the only one of 62 seal pups rescued by the Sanctuary over the winter who has not since been released.

Happily, Badger now seems to have no problems socialising with the other residents who have given him a warm welcome.

We went to film Badger at the Sanctuary. He certainly knows his way around the water.

VIDEO: Seals saved from storms at sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek has come to the rescue of seal pups in difficulties this year. Most of them are undernourished because they're finding it so hard to get food in the stormy seas. Others have been damaged.

Here's a video of some of the seals being looked after at the sanctuary.

To find out more about the sanctuary's work, click here.

Seal sanctuary inundated after storms

Dan Jarvis from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek says the rescue centre has been inundated with malnourished seal pups since the storms began before Christmas.

They've come from all over Cornwall, and even Plymouth in the past few weeks but the message is, if you see a seal in trouble, stay clear and contact the sanctuary. It may be, they just need time to recover before heading back to the sea.


Heavyweight seal begins the big slim

Yule Log takes to the scales Credit: The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

New year, new resolutions. For many people, we all start by planning our annual diet and it appears that life is no different for this grey seal.

Aptly named, 'Yule Log', has ballooned by 24 kilos in the last nine months, and staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary have taken action.

At 346 kilos, Yule Log is close to the maximum weight for the grey seal species. Staff have now taken charge of a new diet and exercise regime for the 24-year-old seal.

From now on, he will only be fed his allotted two kilos of fish for breakfast and one-and-a-half kilos for supper. And as well as his regular morning training session, there will be extra ‘enrichment’ sessions every day where Yule Log will have to work for his food.

The target is to get Yule Log back below 300 kilos.