Submitted by GSPCA on 17:46, 7th Feb, 2013 | 0

Today Hanois our second grey seal pup this winter got his first swim since being rescued in one of the GSPCA Animal Shelter pools.

At only 3 to 4 months of age and having being kept warm during his rehabilitation after being found sick and injured near L'Ancresse 4 weeks ago he wasn't too keen on his first dip.

Geoff George Animal Collection Officer and main seal carer at the Shelter said 'A Bit like Jethou Bumblebee was, Hanois wasn't that keen coming out in the cold and diving in the water but once in he had a good look around.'

'Both seals are doing really well now, and it is great to have them both out in the fresh air, letting them swim and practice holding their breath.'

'We are now upping their feed quite a lot as in the next 4 to 8 weeks we would like to release them, all depending on how they put on the pounds.'

'I'd also like to introduce them together at some point as it would help when we do look to release them back in the wild.'

'We still really need plenty of fish or donations towards them to help them put on that fat reserve they will need before going back in the ocean and fend for themselves.'

'We want to thank all those that have helped so far and to say that all at the GSPCA and of course the seals really appreciate it.'

Here are two videos of Hanois out today in his new pool -




If you see a seal pup click here to find out what to do.

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

To donate to our BIG FISH APPEAL and help our grey seal pups call the Shelter on 01481 257261 or please click here with the reference 'BIG FISH APPEAL' and thank you for your support

To nominate and find out more about the Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare please go to -

Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare 2013

Also there are the Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2013 - Find out how to nominate here by going to

Petplan & ADCH Animal Welfare Awards 2013

Events planned in 2013 are -

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

To find out about the GSPCA Purple Week - Celebrating 140 years Caring for Animals in Guernsey 11th - 17th February and how you can join in.

GSPCA week

The GSPCA are pleased to announce our GSPCA Sunday Family Fun Lunch on the 3rd March - click here for more details

25th - 31st March GSPCA Cupcake Week - more details to follow.

4th April - World Stray Day - more details to follow

Saturday 6th 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.

June 2013 - Summer Fayre and Dog Show - more details to follow

September 2013 - Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday - more details to follow

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

There are always animals at the GSPCA looking for good homes from farm birds to rabbits and to see many of them please click here. Felix in the video is our longest stay cat and really needs your help to find a new home.

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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