Friday the thirteenth proves lucky with five seal releases at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Gweek Seal Release

Friday the thirteenth proves lucky with five seal releases at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Friday the thirteenth may be looming, but for five seals at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, the usually feared day is set be the luckiest of the year.

Five seal pups will regain their freedom on Friday 13th April after months of determined care and feeding from the Sanctuary's dedicated rescue team.

Grey seal pups Captain Picard, Bear Grylls, Aquamarine, Barnacle and Jasper will be released on Gwithian Beach at 10am.

Captain Picard and Bear Grylls were rescued by the Sanctuary last year, after being rejected by their mothers and suffering from dehydration and exhaustion in the wild.

Aquamarine, Barnacle and Jasper were originally rescued by the RSPCA, but brought to the Sanctuary so they could continue with a structured rehabilitation programme in the convalescence pool.

Tamara Cooper, head of the Sanctuary's Animal Care Team, said: “Although some of the seals we are releasing originally came from the RSPCA, we’ve got to know all the seals so well.

“It's always emotional to see the pups return to the wild after getting to know their individual characters and watching their personalities develop.”

Out of the five pups, it is RSPCA pup Jasper whose story touched the heart of Sanctuary staff after he was discovered covered in oil at a beach in Aberystwyth, Wales, in December 2011.

Bear Grylls also experienced a dramatic rescue after he was transported from the Isles of Scilly to Penzance by helicopter in November 2011. Despite suffering with multiple puncture wounds and cuts, Bear made has made a full recovery and is now ready to make a return to the wild.

Tamara went on to say: “There’s no denying that our seals are lucky to be alive, but their release shows that Friday the thirteenth may be unlucky for some, but not for our pups!”

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