Seal pup named Judi Dench arrives at sanctuary in time to satisfy namesake

A GREY seal pup rescued from the Cornish shoreline has been named ‘Judi Dench’ – and even managed to satisfy her namesake on the exact same day.

Dame Judi Dench, one of many nation’s most beloved cinematic jewels, was visiting the Cornish Seal Sanctuary final month along with her household in Gweek, Cornwall.

That very same day, the charity, which works to rescue as much as 70 seal pups from round Cornwall every winter, additionally took in a brand new pup.

Dame Judi Dench pictured at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Dame Judi Dench had a seal pup named after her on the sanctuary. Credit score: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The pup, estimated to be round three weeks outdated, was admitted to the positioning’s hospital, after being discovered dehydrated with a number of wounds on Millook Haven Seashore.

The Sanctuary’s fundraising supervisor, Leanne Attwood, stated: “It was like destiny – it simply so occurred that, as Dame Judi and her household explored the Sanctuary, this pup was admitted to our Seal Hospital.

“With our actors and actresses naming theme this season, we knew we simply needed to title her after Judi Dench, who was already on our checklist of title concepts.”

Whereas recognized for roles in movies together with the likes of the James Bond franchise (1995 – 2015) and Mrs Brown (1997), Dame Judi can be a eager animal lover, with a historic delicate spot for sanctuaries and wildlife centres.

Leanne added: “Judi was completely an absolute delight and so gracious in regards to the naming. She was so excited to have the ability to meet pup Judi and discover behind-the-scenes of our Seal Hospital.

“Our animal care group is now working exhausting to nurse the pup again to full well being, with hopes of efficiently releasing her again to the wild as quickly as potential.”

Whereas Judi the pup recovers within the hospital, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is fundraising to cowl the prices of caring for the various pups who will make it by way of the doorways this season.

On common, it prices £2,000 to rehabilitate a seal pup to full well being, not together with any particular surgical procedures or prolonged veterinary therapy wanted.

To assist help the sanctuary this winter, you may donate to the Pup Want Listing Attraction, or discover different methods to help the group right here.

The charity can be reminding locals and guests that it is extremely frequent to see pups on seashores right now of yr, and disturbance could be a actual challenge for them, typically resulting in abandonment by their mums, which will be deadly.

Those that do see a pup on the seaside are suggested to maintain canine on leads and kids away, and to not strategy or chase the seal again into the ocean.

In the event you imagine the pup is in misery or wants medical consideration, you’ll find the indicators to look out for and what to do subsequent. You may also name the Cornish Seal Sanctuary instantly on 01326 221361 or British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546 for extra assist and recommendation.

To search out out extra in regards to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and its mission, click on right here.