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Issue 86
30th November 2013


Rescued Pups Update for 2013/14
This month has been another busy month of rescues for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary with the help of members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team and the Cornish Seal Group...

Most of these seal pups this month were rescued and taken to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue´s (BDMLR) temporary seal holding facility at St Austell until a pen was available in the hospital at Gweek.

Venture, 10 days old (whitecoat), was rescued on 3rd November 2013, she was found to have puncture wounds around mouth and chin with small gash close to left ear and small ulcer in left eye.

Update - Venura has been moved to down to the outside nursery pool number 3. She is not eating for herself yet and needs the animal care team´s help with being fed fish, although she is doing well and putting on weight!
Venus, Venus, 2 weeks old (whitecoat), was rescued on 6th November 2013 from Godrevy. She had small wounds to the back of the head and flippers

Update - Venus is not eating for herself yet and is being force fed in the pools, although she is doing well and putting on weight! She is currently in nursery pool number 3.
Mercury, 3 weeks old, was rescued on 6th November 2013 from Mullion harbour. He was found to have a swollen and infected rear right flipper and wounds to the flippers and muzzle. Also was suffering from respiratory infection, weighed 16.5 kg. This pup was found sheltering under a boat.

Update - Mercury has been moved to the outside nursery pool number 2 and is eating very well.
Jeremy Paxman, one week old, was rescued on 5th November 2013 from Pendruthen beach, St Marys, Isles of Scilly. This pup was monitored for many hours with no sign of her mum.

Update - Jeremy Paxman has nearly moulted and loosing fur really quickly! He is having little swims and loving it! Paxo-Rocket is off treatment and being force fed fish. Not quite eating for himself though! Paxo-Rocket is currently in hospital pen number 1.
Jeremy Paxman
Supernova, two weeks old, was rescued on 10th November 2013 from Millook Haven near Bude. She was found to have multiple wounds on flippers, high temperature and ulcer in the right eye. Also ulcer ruptured but eye which remained intact.

Update - Supernova had an eye ulcer in her right eye when she came in, and to help it healed the Sanctuary´s vet has temporarily stitched her eye together.

She will go in for regular check up at the vets to see how it has healed, and hopefully the eye will be saved. She is not eating for herself yet, the animal care team are all hoping she does as she is quite a handful! Supernova is still in the hospital.
Cassiopeia, 2 weeks old (whitecoat), was monitored for many hours with no sign of her mum, a decision was made to rescue the pup from a secluded cove along the west coast of Cornwall on 9th November 2013.

Update - Cassie is currently in nursery pool number 3.
Astrid, 4 - 5 weeks old pup weighing 19kgs, was rescued from Polzeath on 15th November 2013, She was found to have multiple infected bite wounds on head close to left ear and on rear flippers. Superficial ulcer to right eye.

Update - Astrid has been moved through from isolation pen to the main hospital pen number 4 and is enjoying swimming now that her eye has healed!
Nebula, 2 weeks old partly-moulted pup, was rescued from Godrevy on 16th November 2013. Nebula was moved to Gweek on 20th November 2013 from St Austell. This pup is very feisty and is already beginning to eat for himself. He is currently in hospital pen number 2.
Soyuz, 4 weeks old female pup, weighing 14kgs, was rescued on 16th November 2013 from Sennen Cove. Upon arrival at the seal hospital, arrangements were made for this pup to be taken to the vets by members of the Animal Care Team to have her broken jaw re-aligned and fixed, which will take 4-6 weeks to heal. She also had some teeth removed.

Update - Soyuz is currently in the main hospital.
Jupiter, 3 days old whitecoat still had umbilicus, was rescued on 19th November 2013 from Portreath. This pup was monitored for many hours with no sign of her mum before a decision was made to take the pup to Gweek. Swollen rear flippers. This pup is very very very cute!

Update - Jupiter is currently in the main hospital.
Convalescent Pool - Aurora, Eclipse, Mars, Orion, Nasa, Moon, Miranda, Shuttle. Milkyway and Galaxy are all doing really well.

Nursery pool 1 - Leo´s jaw is still wired but is healing really well, will be on treatment for a few more weeks.

Nursery pool 2 - Halley, Solar and Mercury.

Nursery pool 3 - Venus, Ventura and Cassie.

Crater is still in the hospital on treatment for his wounds, but they are healing really well in salt water.

The animal care team are currently looking after the sick and injured seal pups which need care 24 hours around the clock with night feeds every 4 hours!

This means the animal care team will also needs some TLC to keep them going, so if you are passing the hospital you could drop off a pack of biscuits or chocolates.
Seal Pups Released
Sebastian was returned to the wild on 22nd November 2013 at Gunwalloe.
Adopt a Pup
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

If you have run out of ideas what to get your love ones for Christmas, this would make a great gift. The last day for processing Adoption Packs is 16th December 2013.

If you would like to help by sponsoring a pup (Adoption is £25 each pup), please click here to download the adoption registration form or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.

Can we just point out, please do not send your credit cards details via email but contact the seal sanctuary direct by telephone.

If you discover a Pup
.......and it is alone and appears in distress, the actions which you take may mean the difference between life and death for the animal.
DO keep your distance - If the pup has a fluffy white coat it still needs it´s mother. She will only return to feed her pup when she feels it is safe to do so.

DON´T attempt to handle the pup - It is a wild animal, it may bite and can carry infectious diseases. The mother may reject the pup if it is handled.

DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea - It may be out of the water for a good reason.

DON´T ignore the situation - If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose) it probably needs help.

DO tell an appropriate organisation - Telephone the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 07787 433412.   Be ready to get help when you discover an injured animal.
Seal Pup in the wild

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