It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our elderly fur seal Andy.
Andy had recently received surgery for a prolapse and although the procedure went well, he fell ill again on Monday. After examining Andy, the Sanctuary’s consultant vet’s felt the kindest course of action was to allow him to quietly be put to sleep.
Andy joined the sanctuary family in 2006 with quite a reputation! From the day he arrived to the day he left, Andy could often be described as grumpy! But the animal care team saw beyond his grumpy exterior and adored him nonetheless!
After being offered a second chance at the sanctuary Andy took his responsibilities as the boss of his pool very seriously, always keeping his son Chaff on the straight and narrow. It didn’t matter how many fishy ice treats the team would put in their pool, Chaff was never going to be allowed to have one!
Whilst appearing rather stubborn at first, the animal care team soon began to see Andy’s softer side when he started to look like he was actually enjoying interacting with them during his daily training sessions. It soon became clear that you could teach an old dog a new trick when, after 2 years of trying, the team finally got Andy to lie down on command! The team celebrated that night!!
Andy was a spirited fur seal who equally challenged and inspired the team. He epitomised what the sanctuary is all about – a second chance. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of working with him and all that admired him from afar.