Flik - Rescued on 14th January 2007

The Seal Sanctuary received a call at 7.30am on Sunday the 14th of January 2007 from the BDMLR to inform us they had picked up a seal pup in the early hours of Sunday morning from Porthgwidden beach in St Ives.
The pup was transported to Gweek and was weighed before being put into Isolation pen 1. The seal weighed 19 kilos and was around 8 weeks old. A clinical assessment revealed that the pup had some wounds to his rear flippers and a very snotty nose. The pup was started on a course of antibiotics, anti inflammatories and pain relief, as well as having the wounds treated and sprayed with antibiotics, the Animal Care Team started this pup on fluids for the first 24 hours before moving it on to whole fish. This pup is a little girl and has been named Flik. Flik in the isolation pen - photo was taken by Rachael Vine on 14th January 2007
Flik in the hospital - photo was taken on 3rd February 2007 Update: 3rd February 2007 - Flik is another seal living up to her name. Unfortunately, not in a good way. Whenever the Animal Care Team try to take her temperature, it has a strange affect on her stomach, she then manages to cover her flippers in the resulting mess - it is a glamorous life for our Animal Care Team.
Flik´s orange flipper tag number is 36.
Hospital Update: 16th February 2007 - Flik has now been moved out of the hospital and down into the common seal pool with Smurf and Eve.

Hospital Update: 23rd March 2007 - Flik has now been moved from the common seal pool into the convalescence pool.

Flik - This photo was taken by Al Edwards
Update: 13th May 2007 - With the tides right on the morning of Tuesday 8th of May 2007, we decided it was time to release a few more seals back into the wild. At 8am, we loaded up Flik along with Rimmer, Smurf, Magnet, Chip and Pudey and took them for the 10 minute drive to the release site. The surf was a little higher than we expected, but the excitement coming from the seals in the trailer meant it was time to say goodbye. We lowered the trailer door down and with little hesitation, the open sea called and they were off flopping down the beach and into the water.
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