Wildlife

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 January 2017

Brian recovering well at West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

Brian recovering well at West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

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A seal pup that washed up on Exmouth beach is ‘making good progression’ after becoming a popular figure at a wildlife sanctuary.

The seal, which has been named Brian after the snail from the Magic Roundabout, was taken to the West Hatch Wildlife Centre, in Somerset, by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, on Sunday, December 11.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) is an internationally recognised voluntary marine animal rescue organisation based in the UK.

The manager at West Hatch Wildlife Centre, Bel Deering, said the seal pup, which arrived at the centre weighing 15kg, was progressing well, but would not be released into the wild until it reached 40kg.

She said: “As far as the seal pups go, he is a popular one.

“He had a few cuts and scrapes, as well as being at quite a low weight and dehydrated, but now he has started to eat and we are very happy about that.

“He is doing very well. He is a little demanding, as he likes to have a fish fillet, which isn’t something we usually do for our seals.”


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