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Issue 63
23rd November 2011

Rescued Pups Update for 2011/12
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart (photo below), was rescued on the 5th November 2011 from the Isles of Scilly, she had been abandoned by her mother, very malnourished and weighing only 9 kilos, we had to stabilise the pup before she could be flown to the Sanctuary.

On Monday 7th November 2011 with her condition improved over the weekend she was flown by helicopter to Penzance where the team collected her and brought her to the Sanctuary. With isolation full Amelia had to go into the main hospital´s pen number one. She is feeding on multi milk due to her young age, and has a welly boot for company.

Update: Amelia is continuing to improve every day and has now moved on to fish soup.
Amelia Earhart
Chris Packham
Chris Packham (photo below) was rescued on the 13th November 2011 from Polperro around 4-5 weeks old, this pup was malnourished at 16 kilos, with a fairly good body condition and no wounds.

Upon arrival at the sanctuary, the clinical assessment was carried out and the pup´s wounds were cleaned and treated and a course of antibiotics started. Due to the age of the pup we have started him on fish being assisted by the Animal Care Team.

Update: Chris Packham is doing well and is receiving water in his pen every day to build up his muscles.
Chris Packham
Captain Picard
Captain Picard was rescued on the 14th November 2011 from Crantock beach near Newquay, the pup was around 5 weeks old and very malnourished at only 11.5 kilos with a large laceration to the underside of belly. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, the pup was prescribed a course of antibiotics and the wound is being cleaned and treated every day.

Update: Captain Picard is a feisty pup and is being assisted fed fish by the Animal Care Team the wound is also healing nicely.
Captain Picard
Kate Humble
On Friday 11th November 2011 it was time to release Kate Humble (photo below) back to the wild.

Weighing in at 48 kilos she is more than ready to be released and we were waiting on clear weather, plus the fish bill was increasing.

With high tide at 10am Humble was loaded into a cage and taken back to Porthtowan the beach where she was originally rescued from.

On the beach the cage was taken to the water´s edge and the door opened, and the tide came in to meet her, she was out the cage and straight in to the water but it did take a little while for her to get over the breakers and out into open sea.
Kate Humble
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.

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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