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Slinkys seal ing good

Thursday, 24th January, 2013 12:00am

After spending the last two months on dry land, Slinky the seal is being released in to the ocean again tomorrow. Slinky was discovered ashore at the start of December at Garrettstown beach by some surfers. They tried to return him to sea but he was too weak as he was starved and emaciated and had also lost his mother. A teenage girl, Isabelle Lordan, rang Brendan Price, the chairman of the Irish Seal Sanctuary, who in turn rang a local woman, Odette Norman, who rescued the seal pup and brought him to Gavin Russell in Riverview Vet Clinic in Bandon. Re-named Slinky, the seal would not eat fish but the vet managed to hydrate him before he spent the night in Odette's litchen. The following day Slinky was driven by Odette and friend Carrie Thompson to Secret Valley Wildlife Park, Wexford for rehabilitation where the seal has been thriving after receiving regular feeds of herring in his outdoor enclosure which is equipped with his own private pink bath!Speaking on Slinky's recovery, a representative of Secret Valley Wildlife Park said: "We sincerely wish to thank all those in the counties of Cork and Wexford who helped in the rescue and rehabilitation of Slinky. He surely would have perished had it not been for those who acted promptly and conscientiously.   A particular thanks goes out to vet Gavin Russell who offered his services free of charge and managed to get Slinky hydrated and out of the main danger zone, to Isabelle and to Odette and Carrie who brought Slinky to Wexford which was to be his home for over 50 days."Slinky's homecoming to the sea will start at Garretstown beach at 2pm tomorrow and Slinky will be released at 3.30pm, weather permitting, and all are welcome to attend. If you spot a seal pup on the beach and cannot see its mother wait for 24 hours before calling the Irish Seal Sanctuary on 087-3245423 or 01-8354370 or visit for more details.

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