Submitted by Steve on 14:53, 21st May, 2019 | 0

Earlier today grey seal pups Sealia and Gully were returned back to their home waters.

Gully was rescued last November and Sealia early January, both were between a quarter to a third of the 40kgs they should have weighed for their age which was under a month old and extremely poorly, emaciated and in such ill health they wouldn’t have survived if they hadn't have been rescued.

They needed around the clock intensive care for many weeks and required tube feeding until they were strong enough to eat on their own.

Sealia’s rescue story -

Gully’s rescue story -

With Sealia now 48kgs and Gully 54kgs and the weather ideal, today was the BIG day to get them back to the wild.

Geoff George Animal Collection Officer and Head of Marine Mammals said “What an amazing morning we have had today getting Sealia and Gully back to the wild.”

“I was a little worried they may not behave, but both seal pups were very well behaved getting boxed up for their travels to Jethou.”

“A huge thank you to Island Rib Voyages and those on Jethou for all of their help and support with the release today.”

“Sealia and Gully were both keen to get back into the sea and then spoilt us all showing off in the water in front of us, playing and looking like they were have a great deal of fun.”

“Those living on Jethou as they have so many times before will keep a watchful eye on Sealia and Gully like they have done so many times in recent years.”

“With 3 seal pups released we now have Andrew, Hannah and mambo and we still need donations to help towards their care.”

To donate to Hannah, Mambo and Andy the seal pups please visit -

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “After months of care it was fantastic to see Gully and Sealia released back to the wild.”

“Both are so lucky to be alive after the condition they were found last winter and after months of care at the GSPCA and so many incredible donations they were fit and ready this morning to make their journey back to the sea.”

“Both have more than quadrupled their weight since the were rescued and we are so thankful to Island Rib Voyages and those on Jethou for all of their help with the release today.”

“Both were very keen to et back in the sea and it was a very special moment for us all to see them after months of care back where they belong.”

“This is a big week for us at the GSPCA as we celebrate our Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday this weekend and our #GSPCACupcakeWeek and this really helped put the icing on a very special cake of seeing them both released.”

To find out about #GSPCACupcakeWeek please visit -

To find out about our Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday

Steve continued “All of these events are to help raise funds for the very much needed Wildlife Hospital to help seals like Sealia and Gully, as well as Mambo, Hannah and Andy who are still in our care.”

“To support our Wildlife Hospital you can Buy a Brick, make a donation or even help support a room or section for the build and anyone who would like to support this build we would love to hear from them.”

“With over 2000 wild animals through our care every year a new Wildlife Hospital would be a dream come true for us all at the GSPCA.”

“Today has been a truly magical day and a huge thanks to all that heave helped us help these two seal pups back to the wild.”

“Mambo and Hannah are only a few weeks away from being released and we will of course keep everyone up to date and how all three are doing.”

To support our Wildlife Hospital please visit -

Seb Goman GSPCA Animal Care Assistant said “What a fantastic experience it was amazing to see Gully and Sealia being released to the wild.”

Beckie Bailey GSPCA Animal Care Assistant said “What an amazing experience, getting involved with the a GSPCA seal release!”

“Fantastic! And we saw puffins.”

To visit the Island Rib Voyage website please go to -


Find out about our Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday

To support #GSPCACupcakeWeek and find out more please visit

You can donate via our page or create your own sponsored event or challenge -

To donate to Hannah, Mambo, Sealia, Gully and Andy the seal pups please visit - or

To donate to help Harley the staffys life saving operations Just Giving page please visit -

To visit the Just Giving page raising funds for life saving Intensive Care Units please visit or to buy one directly for the Shelter please visit

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor please visit -

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To Buy a Brick in the new Wildlife Hospital and download a leaflet please click here -

To learn about the ‘Buy a Brick’ in the new Wildlife Hospital and find out more please click here -

To learn more about our biggest project, become an Exclusive Build Partner and support our Wildlife Hospital please visit

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If you would like to help at one of our upcoming events please give Michelle a call on 257261 or email [email protected]

To see some of the animals looking for homes at the GSPCA please visit –

Another way to support us is our on site Charity Shop and refreshment area and to find out more please visit -

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On Monday 3rd June we have a volunteer induction evening and for more information and additional induction dates please visit or call 257261

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For lots more ideas on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

To find out more on trips, talks and our education work please email [email protected] or call 01481 257261





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