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Issue 51
23rd October 2010

Rescues beat 2009 pup season
We now have 11 pups at the Sanctuary receiving rehabilitation with our expert team, we are now have more pups in the hospital then we did at this same point last year.
Roz from the Isles of Scilly was the last pup into the hospital on the 10th October 2010, we had three quiet days before a call was to change all that. Over the last few days we had been receiving calls about a seal on a beach just around the corner from Portreath.
Due to the location of the beach it was a very steep climb down and the pup, spotting people, would always disappear into the water.
The pup had been report with injuries and looking malnourished, and spending lots of time sleeping, it also had its white coat and no sign of mum, he would need to come into the Sanctuary if we were able to catch him.
With six pups in the hospital Dave Jarvis of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) was called to monitor the pup and if an opportunity presented to catch the pup, Dave and his team were on standby.
Luckily for the pup a few hours later an opportunity became a available and Dave´s team managed to get the pup, a quick retreat up the cliff and a short drive to Gweek.
The pup was safely put into isolation pen number 3, where the Animal Care Team could start a full clinical assessment and start him on a course of treatment. This little boy has now been called Hopper, weighed in at only 14 kilos had grazes and puncture wounds to his flippers but also has a loose tooth, which could possible have contributed to his malnourishment.
Hopper has had an appointment with our vet and had x-rays taken of the jaw to see if we will need to extract the tooth.
Photo taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group
Photo taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group
On 17th October 2010 late Sunday evening at around about 7pm the Sanctuary received a call on the emergency hotline about a seal at Kynance Cove on the Lizard.
With the Animal Care Team feeding pups in the hospital, a call was placed to Dan a member of the team but also a member of BDMLR who went out to take a look.
The little pup, only a day old and no sign of mum, was picked up and brought back to the Sanctuary. Amy and Craig were doing night feeds and prepared an isolation pen for the latest arrival.
With no wounds she was given a course of fluids, antibiotics started and bloods taken as per usual.
This pup is a little girl and been named Dory, she was only a day old and weighed in at 10.5 kilos (2.5 kilos below normal birth weight).
Dory in the hospital Dory in the hospital
Nemo and Dug
On Tuesday 19th October 2010 the phone started to ring off the hook about seals in trouble. With information about a seal sent via email the night before, with a nasty wound to its rear flippers (seal now named Dug) on the Isles of Scilly that needed to be flown to Penzance and would be arriving on the 12.10pm helicopter and a call about a seal at Porthgwarra near Porthcurno, and another at Godrevy all available hands were called upon to help. Clare and Rachael from the Sanctuary grabbed cage & kit and set out for Godrevy, and instructed Dave (BDMLR) to head over to Porthgwarra.
At Porthgwarra the pup had disappeared back into the water and no sign of it, they headed to Penzance and the heliport. Clare and Rachael arrived on the beach and spotted the pup in the middle of the beach being looked after by Bob from the National Trust, and keeping members of the public back.
The pup who was very sleepy, malnourished and had blood on it front right flipper, and only a week old, would need to come back to the Sanctuary. The pup named Nemo, because of the injury to its flipper (now also know as his lucky flipper) was placed in the cage for the journey back.
Clare and Rachael rescuing Nemo at Godrevy Clare and Rachael rescuing Nemo at Godrevy
Meanwhile the helicopter with the seal aboard had left the Isles of Scilly and was heading towards Penzance, to be met by Dave and Richard & the Sanctuary's media/web site team, Barry and Joyce, who filmed the arrival to transport the seal to Gweek.
Arrival of Dug at Penzance's Heliport Arrival of Dug at Penzance's Heliport
At the Sanctuary Nemo was put into the temporary pen, due to his little size and Dug was put into isolation 1.
Nemo was treated for the wound on his flipper, started on a course of antibiotics to fight infection.
Dug had his wound cleaned, a course of antibiotics started and an appointed was made with the vet to get a closer look at the wound.
On Wednesday 20th, Roz, who was in hospital pen 4, was moved to nursery pool 2 with Boo, and Dug after his appointment with the vet, was moved into hospital 4 and Nemo out of the temporary pen and into isolation 1 (everyone keeping up so far?)
A pup was rescued yesterday (22nd) from Newquay - details to follow soon.
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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