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Friday 18 April 2014

Rescued seal pups on the road to recovery

SEA CREATURES ARE BROUGHT INLAND TO CLONROCHE

The rescued seal pups Little Barry (above), and Slinky (right)

A SEAL PUP that was rescued in Courtown and another that came all the way from Cork are now on the road to recovery at a wildlife park in Clonroche.

The young seals, who have been named Slinky and Little Barry, are being cared for at the Secret Valley Wildlife Park after they were found in recent weeks.

Slinky, who is about ten weeks old, was found in Cork at the start of December and Little Barry, who is about six weeks old, was found by a man walking his dog on Courtown Beach some two weeks later. The dog sniffed Little Barry out from amongst the rocks. He was tiny, weighing only eight kilograms, and in desperate need of some food and shelter.

Both seals will be looked after by Secret Valley until they reach about 30kg. Once they reach this healthy weight, they will be released back to their home beaches and return to the sea.

'Even though Co. Wexford has the most seal strandings in the country, there is no main seal rescue base in the county. Following a nationwide appeal for seal foster homes by the Irish Seal Sanctuary back in November, Secret Valley stepped up to the plate and offered sanctuary to any seals that were found struggling along the country's coastline,' said Ann O'Connor of Secret Valley Wildlife Park.

' The peak season for seal strandings is during the months of November and December when the seals are only a few weeks old but still have to battle the harsh conditions of the wintry seas while learning to fend for themselves,' explained Ann.

For updates on the progress of both seals and their release dates, which are expected to be in January and February, check out and like the Facebook page of Secret Valley Wildlife Park.

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