Gnasher - Rescued on 25th October 2006

On 25th of October 2006 we received a phone call from a member of the public about a pup on Gwithian beach. Claire and Abi got the rescue kit and cage and headed out to the beach. They found the pup on the beach it had lots of wounds but seemed to be a little feisty to say the least.
On arrival back at the hospital, it was put in to isolation 2 and given a clinical assessment. The seal was a little boy and weighed 23.5 kilos, was around 2½ weeks old and was mid–moult. He also had lots of puncture wounds to his body and quite a nasty wound on his chin. He also has a bad infection in his right eye, but too soon to tell if this will affect his vision in the future. He has also been put on a course of antibiotics, pain relief, anti-inflamatories, vitamins and iron. Due to him maybe having only vision in one eye, we wanted to call him Cyclops, but we felt Gnasher was a nicer name but still showed his personality.Gnasher in the isolation pen in hospital - photo was taken by Rachael Vine
Hospital update: 27th October 2006 - Gnasher has now been moved through to the main hospital and is in pen 1. He was given fluids for the first 12 hours on arrival before things got a little dangerous and he was moved straight on to fish. Gnasher is quite happy on fish and will probably be moved down to the outside nursery pool soon.
Hospital update: 17th November 2006 - Gnasher has been moved down to the nursery pools.
His orange flipper tag number is 09.
gnasher in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006Hospital update: 8th December 2006 - Gnasher has been moved into the convalescence pool.

Update: 31st December 2006 - These photos of Gnasher were taken on Saturday 30th of December 2006 in the convalescence pool.
Gnasher in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006
Roo, Ronnie, Daisy, Gnasher and Penfold in the trailer - Photo was taken by Rachael VineUpdate: 4th February 2007 - Gnasher was released back into the wild on the 22nd of January 2007 along with Roo, Ronnie, Daisy and Penfold at Porthtowan. Penfold and Gnasher - photo was taken by Rachael Vine

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