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Issue 62
4th November 2011

Rescued Pups Update for 2011/12
Tesla (photo below), is named after Nikola Tesla famous for his patents and theoretical work which formed the basis of the modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems and is Wayne Kempe´s hero.

Tesla was rescued from Rinsey on the 26th October 2011 by Clare McGowan, Wayne Kempe and Craig Hardman. This little boy with a very healthy weight of 26.5 kilos and must have been fed really well by Mum for a time, but was now not self feeding, so when found was hungry, dehydrated and exhausted.

Click here to watch a video of Tesla´s rescue.

Update - 31st October 2011: Tesla is being force-fed by the animal care team but is being very good and we are expecting him to make a speedy recovery and a move onto the outside pools. He is very cute and the team have already fallen in love with him. "Fluffy and chunky just like Wayne" says Tamara!
Nikola Tesla
David Attenborough
On the 29th October 2011 we received a call about a pup at Portreath in the early afternoon, the pup was brought back to the Sanctuary and arrived just after 3pm. The pup was malnourised and in poor body condition with minor bite wounds to its rear flippers and swelling to rear left 5th digit. This pup is a little boy and has been named David Attenborough (photo below).
David Attenborough
On the 30th October 2011 we received a call about a pup on the beach at Gwithian, due to its age, condition and the public disturbance, it was decided that it needed to come into the Sanctuary and arrived just after 2.15pm. Although it was a good body condition, it did have multiple puncture wounds to rear and fore flippers, head, neck and left ear. The pup is a little boy and been named Ripley (photo below).
Tim Burton
On the 31st October 2011 we received a call about a pup. A team was dispatched and the pup was collected and brought back to the Sanctuary just before lunchtime. Weighing in at 15 kilos and with a little bit of a temperature, this is a very malnourished pup at 6 weeks old with wounds all over its body with puncture wounds to all four flippers. The pup is a little boy and has been named Tim Burton.
Tim Burton
This year's pup names
This year´s theme for pup names is "My Hero". We have been asking all team members and members of the public to tell us who their hero is; this could be a family member, a famous celebrity or just someone who has had a positive impact on their life.
Eva Peron
On the 1st November 2011 we received a call from the Strangles near Crackington Haven, in north Cornwall, about a pup on the beach. Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team (BDMLR) went out to collect the pup, and later in the evening at around 8.45pm the pup arrived at the Sanctuary and the animal care team gave the pup a clinical assessment.

The pup was weighed and found to be 12.5 kilos and between 2 and 3 days old with a little bit of a temperature. The pup was found to be a little girl and was named Eva Peron (photo below); she was unfortunately separated from her mother and had puncture wounds to her chin and staining to both eyes.
Eva Peron
Marti Pellow
Having just left the beach at Strangles near Crackington Haven on the 1st November 2011 with a pup, we received another call from the same beach about another pup, the plan was to meet members of the BDMLR at Truro and take the pup off their hands so they could head back to the beach and see if the other seal needed our expert attention.

The BDMLR and second pup arrived back at the Sanctuary at 6.30pm and we started its clinical assessment, weighing 26 kilos the pup was estimated to be between 7-10 days old in a good body condition with a bite wound to top of its head and one to its front right flipper. This pup is named Marti Pellow (photo below), who happens to be the hero of Joyce Williams who has helped to run our web site since it started in 1997.
Marti Pellow
If two pups weren´t enough in one day we had another call about a pup at Port Gaverne that would also need to come in to the Sanctuary, it arrived at 7pm.

Weighing in at 15 kilos, this pup had deep wounds to its head, with moderate hydration but malnourished and around 3 weeks old. This pup is a little girl and has been named Boudicca.
Bear Grylls
On the 2nd November 2011 we received a call from the guys on the Isles of Scilly about a pup that would need treatment at the Sanctuary; the pup would be flown to Penzance and picked up by the team.

The seal arrived at the Sanctuary at around 5.10pm weighing in at 22 kilos and around 2 weeks old, the team gave the pup an in depth examination. The pup had a cut on its tongue; punctures on the rear left and right flipper and front flippers, plus puncture wounds to the underside and swelling to its abdomen. The pup a little boy has been named Bear Grylls (photo below).
Bear Grylls
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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