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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.

Seal sent to all-girls enclosure after continually falling pregnant

A 'randy' seal has been sent to an all-girls enclosure after she kept getting pregnant - even to infertile males.

Sija, came to Cornwall Seal Sanctuary from Belgium, and soon mated with an ageing male, Babyface, thought to be infertile. The common seal was put on the contraceptive pill by keepers in Gweek, Cornwall, but she became pregnant with a second pup.

Sija and Pup at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, in 2014. Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Following the birth, a decision was made to send Sija to Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, where there are no male seals. She has been joined at the sanctuary by her visually impaired surrogate mother Luna.

The wildlife teams said they plan to give the seals "lots of extra love" to "keep them occupied"

Females Sija (Left) and Luna (Right) caring for the newest addition to the family in 2014. Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

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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.

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