Rescued seal brings some Bolton wonder to the National Seal Sanctuary

Fred Dibnah

Two day old pup brings some Bolton Wonder to the National Seal Sanctuary

The National Seal Sanctuary performed an emergency rescue to save a seal stranded on Porthgwarra beach in West Cornwall.

The pup was brought to the Sanctuary after a member of the public spotted it alone on Porthtowan beach

Dan, a member of the Sanctuary’s animal care team attended the scene with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue where they provided essential medical assistance to the suspect nine month old seal.

“The pup had sustained a lot of injuries, including an eye infection and injured flipper. We immediately brought him to the Sanctuary where he is being nursed back to health,” said Dan.

Upon the seal’s arrival at the Sanctuary, each member of staff was invited to suggest a name for its newest resident, inspired by their childhood heroes. Craig Hardman, the Sanctuary’s site assistant who was born and bred in Little Lever, Bolton suggested Dibnah, after his own hero Fred Dibnah, who is an infamous Bolton icon.

“Fred Dibnah was a man who put Bolton on the map, and brought history alive. He is my all time hero, and I’m thrilled to have a seal named after him at here the Sanctuary,” said Craig.

Dibnah is now resting in the Sanctuary’s seal hospital where he is being treated and fed by the Animal Care Team.

Dibnah will now face an on going rehabilitation programme, where he will learn to hunt for fish, interact with other seals and progress with target training, led by the Sanctuary’s animal care team.

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