Hospital update 27th October 2006 -
Gnasher has now been moved through to the main hospital and is in pen 1. He was given fluids for the first 12 hours on arrival before things got a little dangerous and he was moved straight on to fish. Gnasher is quite happy on fish and will probably be moved down to the nursery pool soon.
Pup No. Ten
On Wednesday evening (25th of October 2006) the Sanctuary received a call about a pup at Watergate Bay in Newquay. The caller said the pup had really bad injuries and the tide was fast approaching. We called one of our volunteers who went out and managed to pick the pup up before the tide washed it away. He was quickly transported back to Gweek, where the ACT had moved Simba out of isolation 3 into the main hospital, so we could put this one in.
The pup arrived and the wounds were worse than expected. On closer inspection, we found that she was a little girl, and weighed 21.5 kilos, the rear flippers had large multiple wounds all over and one flipper even had a wound down to the tendon. The pup also had wounds to the belly, front flippers head, chin, and whisker bed.
This seal was in a really bad way, but we wanted to give it a really pretty name, so we called her Daisy.
Hospital update 27th October 2006 - Daisy is still in isolation and continues to have her wounds treated. Because she has so many wounds, we are concerned about septicaemia setting in and are monitoring her closely.
Pup No. Eleven
On Thursday (26th October 2006) the Sanctuary received a call about a seal that was on a beach near Par in St Austell. From the description given, it sounded like the pup was in a really bad way. Luckily we had an RSPCA officer close by who went and investigated it on our behalf. The officer called us and it was obvious that the pup needed our help and quick. The pup was brought straight to Gweek, and pup in to isolation 1. We had moved Narla in to the temp pen in the hospital.
This pup was a little boy and weighed 12.5 kilos it was very dehydrated and so malnourished that you could see its hip bones. It also had a few puncture wounds to his rear flippers and front flippers. Fluids were given and a drip was set up just in case the pup stopped breathing. The pup was then left to rest in peace and quiet. We have called this pup Squirt.
Hospital update 27th October 2006 - Squirt has made it through the night but is still not out of the woods, he will be on the critical list for the next 48 hours.
Pup No. Twelve
On Thursday afternoon (26th of October 2006) the Sanctuary received a phone call from Sam, a member of the public, concerned about a seal at Prussia Cove. Rachael who was heading home decided to swing round the Cove to find out the pups’ condition, to see if it needed our help. She got down to the beach to find a tiny seal, obviously malnourished, dehydrated and under weight. Rachael called the Sanctuary who sent out Sarah with the land rover and cage to pick up the pup. With Sarah on her way, and the tide fast approaching we needed to get the pup off the beach. Help was on hand from member of the public, who provided a sheet to put the pup in to get it up the cliff, and the gentlemen and ladies who helped carry it to the awaiting vehicle.
We took the pup back to Gweek and put him in isolation 2. Gnasher who was in that pen was quickly moved to hospital pen 1, and Magnet was put in with Ronnie.
The pup turned out to be a little boy, and weighed only 14 kilos. He had puncture wounds to his flippers, malnourished and was dehydrated. The pup was given fluids, treated and named Penfold. This pup is expected to have a short stay in the hospital and progress quickly.
Hospital update 27th October 2006 - Penfold seems to be alright after his journey yesterday, and will be started on fish later on today or first thing tomorrow.