Homecoming Weekend Showcasing Our First Seal Pup

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Looking for Mum

Our first pup is doing well and just under a week old it is now piling on the pounds. It will only be another two weeks or so before the female will have to leave to feed herself up as she loses half her body weight in feeding the pup the a rich fatty milk. The pup however swells with this 60% fat, cottage cheese, like milk and will treble its birth weight. It needs this blubber as it will be left to fend for itself, moult the white fluffy coat to reveal a smooth waterproof one and then it’s time for it to start feeding.  We are really lucky to be able to share with our visitors as this female has given birth in a place that is viewable from the path without disturbing the pair.

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Mum is never that far away, always keeping an eye on her pup!

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Having a good scratch

So to celebrate our first pup we are holding a weekend of events and will have experts on hand to answer all your questions.

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Stories in the horn are a hit with the young and old.

There will be stories in the South Horn, bird ringing by the Isle of May Bird Observatory, a great way to see the autumn migrant birds up close and personal and telescopes set up for sea watching.

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You might be lucky and see a Yellow-browed Warbler in the hand!

We have experts from the Sea Mammal Research Unit, Fifes biodiversity and a Sea Eagle experts all here to spread their knowledge on the wildlife that is around us all.

Please note that booking is essential,

Boats sail from Anstruther at 2:30pm Sat. & 2:45pm Sun.

May Princess – www.isleofmayferry.com or call: 07957585200

Osprey – www.isleofmayboattrips.com or call 07473631671

For sailing from North Berwick

Seafari Adventures – ww.seabird.org/book/boat-trips

 

 

 

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