Submitted by GSPCA on 12:21, 15th May, 2013 | 0

Nearly a month to the day since the grey seal pups Jethou Bumblebee and Hanois were released by the GSPCA back into local waters we are pleased to announce that the residents of Jethou spotted them back in the bay where they were released yesterday afternoon.

Jethou Bumblebee who was rescued on Jethou in November of last year at only 4 weeks of age and Hanois who was rescued at Pleinmont in January also only a month old were both very sick and emaciated on entry.

Yesterday both pups were seen playing in the bay and appeared well and healthy so staff and volunteers at the GSPCA were overjoyed with the news.

The GSPCA posted a large number of pictures on our facebook page of the release and have asked anyone who see's seals looking similar or even better have pictures of local seals to send them in to the GSPCA.

We have been in touch with both the local Island Rib Voyages and the Bumblebee Cruise team to let us know if they see them and between them they have seen groups of up to 23 grey seal pups in local waters.

Geoff George Animal Collection Officer and main carer of seals at the Shelter said 'I got the news that Jethou Bumblebee and Hanois had been spotted yesterday afternoon and when I was told I was so happy.'

'We spent hundreds of hours to get them better and fit enough to release and 1000's of kilos of fish to get them to the right weight and to know that not only did they look well but they were also playing means that they are doing well and getting more than enough food.'

'We are really grateful to the kind folk on Jethou for not only helping with the rescue of Jethou Bumblebee and the release of them both but also for this wonderful update.'

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'What amazing news to know that both seals are doing so well.'

'Some of the team have been so moved it has brought tears of happiness.'

'It wasn't easy caring for them and getting them ready to release, but the team did it professionally and with a great deal of care and it just proves what can be achieved and to know local seals are released in local waters is what wildlife rehabilitation is all about.'

'We would love to improve the seal facilities for next year and welcoming any donations towards this as we do for all of our projects on our wish list.'

To see our Wish List web page please click here.

To see pictures of the seals when they were released please click here.

To see videos of their release please click here.

If you would like to send us pictures of the seals you can do so by emailing -

[email protected]

To send to our twitter page please click here

To post them to our facebook like page please click here.

To see the story of their release please click here.

To see the story of Jethou Bumblebee the grey seal pup please check out this short video from start to finish on how staff rescued him with a lot of help.

To see the story of Hanois and his rescue please go to

There are many items on the GSPCA's Wish List and you can see many of them by clicking here including a list of Amazon items which would make a difference to animals in Guernsey.

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The following are events planned for 2013

Every Tuesday during term time between 10.30am and 12pm at the GSPCA we have a coffee morning with bric-a-brac and pet supplies on sale.  Please click here for more details

Clinton's Kilimanjaro Climb in March - One man VS 5,895 m - to find out more please click here for more details

Sunday 2nd June 2013 - Summer Fayre and Dog Show - please click here for more details

Saturday 8th June 2013 Itex Walk Guernsey - We are pleased that for 2013 we are one of the nominated charities benefiting from this years walk. To register and find out more click here for more details and sponsor those taking part.

Sunday 15th September 2013 - Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday - click here for more details.

4th October - World Animal Day - more details to follow


Fancy doing a sponsored event for the GSPCA?  To download a GSPCA Sponsor form please

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