Submitted by GSPCA on 09:57, 7th Jan, 2013 | 0

On Saturday 5th January GSPCA Shelter staff had a call to an injured seal pup at Pleinmont.

Animal Care Assistant Annabelle Janes and Senior Animal Care Assistant Yvonne Chauvel responded to find a thin, injured grey seal pup with laboured breathing.

At only 21kg the pup had to be carried to the van and transported to the Shelter as to have left him would have meant he wouldn't have survived.Hanois the grey seal pup rescue at the GSPCA Animal Shelter Guernsey

Fortunately it was at low tide when the rescue occurred but it wasn't an easy rescue with the light fading, slippery rocks, a step climb, Yvonne and Annabelle carried the seal pup over 500 yards to the safety of the rescue vehicle. 

The pup which Shelter staff have named Hanois is now at the Animal Shelter in St Andrews having 3 hourly tube feeds day and night with a hydration mix. 

Hanois is now residing next to Jethou Bumblebee the seal pup who was rescued in November 2012.  We are pleased to report that Jethou Bumblebee has now doubled his original weight and will soon be out in the pool we have at the GSPCA.

(To see the story of Jethou Bumblebees rescue please click here.)

The GSPCA are still appealing for donations of fresh or frozen fish to feed Jethou Bumblebee as he is now on 20 herring or mackerel a day and we will of course need more when Hanois is strong enough to eat fish.

The vet checked over Hanois yesterday to administer a number of injections at the Shelter and was pleased to see how feisty he was.Hanois the grey seal pup rescue at the GSPCA Animal Shelter Guernsey

Geoff George ACO and the main carer for seals at the Shelter said 'I'm coming in every 3 hours day and night to get fluids into him and I have to say he is definitely a grey seal pup.'

'He has cuts all over his body and his breathing isn't good but he is responding well to treatment and we are hopeful for a good recovery but it is early days.'

Both seal pups will be at the Shelter for some time before they can be released and we will update you on their progress.


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

To download our latest newsletter or become a member of the GSPCA please

To become a GSPCA member

Other events in 2013 planned are -

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

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

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



You can still pledge a donation to our Polar Bear Swimmers, please call the Shelter on 01481 257261 or please click here and reference 'Polar Bear'

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.

Christmas Gift Certificates Guided Tours are still on sale at the GSPCA Animal Shelter - for more details please click here

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 this Christmas.


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options