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Issue 52
4th November 2010

Pup number 11
The newest pup came into the Sanctuary on the 22nd October 2010. We received a call from a member of the public about a seal pup at Newquay. This rescue season we are already up to 10, the pup was picked up by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team and brought to the Sanctuary.
As this pup is a little boy, he has now been named Francis. He is around five weeks old and weighing just 12 kilos, was given a full clinical assessment at the Sanctuary. Unfortunately this pup had broken a digit in his rear flippers. A course of antibiotics and a visit from our vet, Francis was booked in for surgery. A few days later the broken bone was removed, Francis is doing well and is now eating fish for himself.
Francis Francis in the main hospital
Pup Update
Boo, Pearl and Roz are all feeding well in nursery pool 2. Pearl and Boo have become great friends and spend their days playing chase around the pool.
Sulley is now in water and is putting on weight and at the end of last week was moved outside into nursery pool 3. After being in the hospital moving outside was a bit of a change more so the weather which after half an hour the heavens opened and it poured with rain. Poor Sulley was just sitting in the pouring rain looking very lost. The next day he was a lot happier swimming around in the pool and feeding well.
Hopper as you might remember had a few problems with his mouth when he arrived at the Sanctuary. Our vet being kept busy treating these pups, Hopper also needed surgery to remove the teeth that were giving him problems. Our vet removed two incisors and one premolar. Hopper is slowly recovering and is now being fed on whole fish.
Dory is still receiving multi-milk and has put on almost 2 kilos in weight, but still looking very cute in her white fluffy coat.
Dug's flipper wound is healing well and is now in water which is helping to heal the wound but also being fed on fish, which he loves both the water and the fish.
Rex has now finished his course of treatment and is learning to eat fish for himself.
Nemo has now moulted and still looks as cute as ever, very bright and being fed on whole fish.
Mike (photo below) is in nursery pool 1 on his own. Mike is very good at catching fish, this is why he is in a pool on his own. Just this week on the 1st November Mike had reached his target weight and was moved into the Convalescent Pool. At first Mike was a little unsure but by the afternoon feed, hunger got the better of him and he was in the pool competing against the others for his fish.
Mike just before he was moved into the convalescent pool
Mike enjoying his fish!
Animal Adoptions and Donations
If you would like to help with the cost of rehabilitation, it can cost up to £1500 to rehab each pup, you can help by taking out
an adoption.
If you do find a pup on the beach, please call the Sanctuary on 01326 221361, and follow this advice:-

DON´T attempt to handle the pup.

DON´T attempt to put the pup back in the sea.

DO keep your distance.

DON´T ignore the situation.

DO tell the National Seal Sanctuary call 01326 221361.
Seal Pup in the wild Adoptions start from £25,
click on this link
for more information or
email the adoption coordinator at

Make a donation, click here for more details.

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