DART - Rescued on 20th November 2004

Dart a rescued pup Dart was rescued by the RSPCA from Salcombe in South Devon on 20th November 2004 and brought to the seal sanctuary the same day.  He was malnourished and had a large infected bite wound to his rear left flipper making his flipper almost twice the size!  Once Dart was stable, he was taken for a x-ray which revealed that his flipper was not broken but that he had a severe bone infection which should be able to be treated with antibiotics.
Dart´s flipper will be monitored very closely and may require a further x-ray in 2-3 weeks time to see how he is progressing.
Update: 20th March 2005 - On 18th March 2005 we released three of our pups back to the wild. Dart, Kenn and Claw had been hat tagged a few days ago ready for the release. Dart and Kenn sat very still-ish to have their hats fitted. Claw was not as accommodating and wriggled so much that his hat wouldn´t stick. We left the Sanctuary and headed for the release site. First out was Dart who headed straight down the beach towards the water, next was Kenn who was reluctant to come out the trailer and then finally Claw. Claw went passed Kenn who was taking his time and got his flippers wet.

Kenn decided that the trailer was a better place to be and headed back where he spend an hour in the trailer. After two hours, Kenn was still no closer to the sea, which was getting further away. This was now turning out to be the longest release in the history of the Seal Sanctuary. Three hours later, we managed to get Kenn over to a river, which runs down the beach; this river has been used by other pups in the passed to carry them down to the water´s edge.

Kenn made his way down the river looked back at the team to say goodbye...and them went rock pool climbing. He spent an hour climbing and exploring the rocks, before finding a nice pool of water with a strong current that he could swim against.
Claw about to be released Kenn about to be released Dart just released

Photos of Dart, Kenn and Claw being released!

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