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Penguin couple settle in at Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Godfrey and Waddles enjoying their new home Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Two penguins have arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary after a wildlife centre on the Isle of White closed after 44 years.

Waddles and Godfrey are the seventh and eighth members of the Cornish colony and the animal keepers say they're settling in well:

“They are naturally sociable birds and our residents gave them a nice warm welcome.

Just to confuse everyone Godfrey is actually the girl and Waddles is the boy, so presumably Godfrey was christened before her gender was confirmed.”

– Tamara Cooper, Animal care team leader


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