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Issue 50
13th October 2010

Pups Four, Five and Six
Since the 24th September 2010, we have had a quiet week, with a few telephone calls but none of those seals needing our help. This was to change on the 1st October when the weather started to get a little rougher and a call from Dave Jarvis of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) about a pup found on the beach at Gwithian, malnourished with breathing problems. With the pups in the hospital still receiving multi-milk, every four hours, Dave transported the seal to Gweek where the Animal Care Team were preparing an isolation pen ready for its arrival.
The Pup arrived at the hospital and the team could start a clinical assessment. The pup, a little boy, named Mike was around two weeks old, malnourished at only 13 kilos with ruckly breathing but with no wounds was put on a course of fluids and antibiotics to fight the infection in his lungs.
Mike has now been moved from isolation into our main hospital into pen number four. Mike has very quickly learnt to eat mackerel by himself and is also learning to swim. Hopefully it will not be too long before Mike moves down to our nursery pools.
Mike enjoying a swim
Mike enjoying a swim
After the 1st October the weather calmed down for the next week or so and then on the 10th October we received a call from a member of the public about a seal down at Poldhu Cove near the Lizard. With the team busy feeding the pups in the hospital, a call was made to Dave Jarvis (BDMLR) to see if he was available to take a look at this pup and report back to the Sanctuary.
The pup was found, a quick check over and a phone call back to the Sanctuary, the Animal Care Team decided that this pup needed to come into our hospital.
Back at Gweek the pup was put into isolation pen two. The pup, another little boy, now named Rex was given a clinical assessment and weighed.
Rex weighing 18 kilos and two and half weeks old with minor bite wounds to his body and a scratch to his eye.
The wounds were cleaned and treated and started on a course of antibiotics to help fight any infection he might have.

Rex has now been at the Sanctuary for three days and after being on fluid for the first 24 hours, Rex has now moved on to whole fish.
Rex waiting for lunch in isolation Rex waiting for lunch in isolation
Its not just Cornish pups that have been fighting against the rough tides and weather, pups on the Isles of Scilly have also been having a bit of a tough time.
It was not long before we received a call from St Mary´s one of the Islands that make up the Scillies.

With the helicopter already having left the Island and on the way back to Penzance, the rescued pup was held overnight with Heike, a vet on the Island, and a member of the BDMLR.

In the morning when the helicopter returned to the Island, the seal was put on board for the short journey to the mainland.
At Penzance Amy and Jenna from the Animal Care Team met the flight, administered fluids and transferred her to the land rover before heading back to the Sanctuary.
Back at the hospital the pup was weighed, and a clinical assessment started. Roz as she has now been named was 32 kilos, had a swollen flipper, but had no other injuries. A course of anti inflammatory medication would reduce the swelling, a course of antibiotics as standard to fight any infection. Roz is about two and half weeks old and in the next few days will start to moult her white coat.
Roz in isolation Roz in isolation
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.
Entertainments Team
Entertainments team member, Chris Keeling, who has been growing his hair since he was 15 years old and now measures over 1 ft, has agreed to have it chopped off if he can raise £200 for Merlin´s Magic Wand.

The charity provides magical experiences and other support for children who are seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged.

If you would like to sponsor Chris, you can do so by sending a cheque, postal order or call the Sanctuary and donate via debit or credit card on 01326 221361.
Chris losing his hair for charity Chris losing his hair for charity
Sad News
This week the Sanctuary said a fond farewell to Monty the goat.

Monty had been at the Sanctuary for 13 years, and over the last few months, he had caused the Animal Care Team trouble by high jumping over the fence and running around the Sanctuary with the team chasing him, before leaping back over the fence.

Monty also liked nothing more then a stroll down to the otters with the other paddock animals and being good never wandered to far from the path.

Monty sadly passed away on Tuesday 12th October 2010.

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