Seal pup born at Living Coasts
South American fur seal Grace gave birth to the pup early on the morning of Tuesday, June 3 at Living Coasts, Torquay. Mother and pup were discovered beside the pool when staff checked in on them at 7:30 this morning.
This is the third seal pup to be born at Torquay’s coastal zoo. The last, Oscar, was born in June 2007.
Living Coasts operations manager Clare Rugg said: “Mother and pup are being left to bond. They appear to be relaxed and healthy. All of our seals have birthdays around now -Grace was 13 on 26th May, Tunanta will be 8 on the 7th June and father Karel will be eleven on 21st June.”
The pup’s sex will not be determined for some time. Clare said: “It’s very early days, and there’s always the risk of complications. We might find ourselves having to hand-rear, but natural parenthood is always preferable. So far mother and pup seem fine.”
It will probably be some weeks before the new arrival takes to the water and it could be up to six months before the pup is weaned.
For more information go to www.livingcoasts.org.uk or ring 0844 474 3366.