Seal Rescued In Scilly To Remain At Cornish Sanctuary
A rare black baby seal that was rescued at Porthellick after being abandoned by its mother last autumn won’t be released back into the wild.
In November, a national newspaper claimed that the seal pup had been subjected to a “racist bullying attack” by other seals.
But Cornwall-based Scilly seal expert Sue Sayer said the racism claims made by the Daily Mail were “ridiculous” as seals aren’t normally aggressive to each other, although young seals playing can sometimes appear so.
The pup was named ‘Badger’ by staff at Cornwall’s Gweek Seal Sanctuary.
He’s a melanistic seal, meaning he’s pure black, which is unusual in grey seals and is one of just two seen by the sanctuary in a decade.
Badger is the only one of the 62 seal pups rescued by the centre this winter who hasn’t been set free.
Animal Care Team Leader Tamara Cooper said Badger responded so well to antibiotics when he first arrived, that they were confident he would soon be resuming life in the wild.
But they’ve discovered that he has a thyroid condition so he will require constant care and will remain in the sanctuary for the rest of his life.
Island Vet Heike Dorn helps with several seal rescues in Scilly each year. She says Badger will have a good life in the pool at Gweek and she says this is a happy outcome.