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Rosie the Seal to return to the sea

The young seal has been nursed back to health by the staff at Tayto Park.


She was found on a beach in Mayo two months ago. She had a badly-injured front flipper, was weak and underweight.

The Irish Seal Sanctuary brought the five-week-old grey seal to Tayto Park, where she was put into the care of vet Paul Kelly and head keeper Lee Donohue.

“It has been a tough two months for Rosie but with patience and perseverance on our side, and a passion for fish on hers, she has improved enough to be released back into the sea this Sunday by the Irish Seal Sanctuary,” said Donohue.

Rosie’s pal Maisie (pictured in the bath above) will hang around Tayto Park for another month.

Ray Coyle said, “Conservation is key for us at Tayto Park and so we kickstart 2013 with a great result, returning a wild animal to her natural marine habitat.”

Rosie will be released tomorrow at 12.30pm from Howth East Pier by Brendan Price of the Irish Seal Sanctuary. Mr Tayto will be there, in person, to wave her off. Wonder if he’ll bring chocolate?

So, someone has gone ahead and made some chocolate Tayto

Mr Tayto: Crisps and chocolate together is “an Irish tradition”

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