Monday, February 25, 2013

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ANYONE WITH an interest in nature and wildlife should make their way to Duncannon Beach on Sunday, March 3, for the release of two seals back into the wild.

The organisers of the release are encouraging people to be at the beach for 3 p.m. with the event itself due to take place half-an-hour later.

Mori and Scooby, two grey seal pups rescued within two days of each other, are now ready to take the plunge back to the wild after recuperating with the Irish Seal Sanctuary and, more recently, with Secret Valley Wildlife Park, in Clonroche.

Without the intervention of the Irish Seal Sanctuary and its outreach partners both of the seals would not have survived.

Unfortunately, after 30 years of rescuing these loveable mammals, rehabilitating them and releasing them back into their natural habitat, the Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) finds itself homeless. It and now relies on generous assistance from Tayto Park, in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, and Secret Valley Adventure Farm, in Co. Wexford, to continue its outreach and foster programmes through local volunteering and networking.

The release of seals always causes great excitement for families – especially younger

people and the forthcoming event in Duncannon is expected to draw a very large crowd

to the beach.

(For full story see this week’s print edition of The Echo)

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