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Issue 85
31st October 2013


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

Moon, an orphaned 2 days old whitecoat pup, was rescued on 6th October 2013 from the beach at Perranporth. She weighed 15kg (underweight).

Update - Moon is now starting to moult and is on a mixture of fish soup and fish. She isn´t eating for herself quite yet. Moon is such a pretty, well behaved seal!!
Nasa, a 5 weeks old pup, was rescued on 14th October 2013 from Chapel Porth. She had deep wounds on her back.

Update - Wounds are healing nicely! Really feisty seal!! Eating for herself and hopefully showing shuttle what to do!
Leo, a 5 weeks old pup, was rescued on 18th October 2013 from Boscastle Harbour with severe mouth infection, a broken jaw and body wounds.

During the few days at the hospital, poor Leo was taken to the vets by members of the Animal Care Team to have his broken jaw realigned and fixed, which will take 4-6 weeks to heal. He has a quite nasty wound to his lower back as well which is being cleaned daily.

Update - Leo may not eat for himself while his jaw is painful so the Animal Care team are helping him. Very feisty despite this!!! He is a fighter!!

Photo below of Leo was taken by Dave Jarvis of the BDMLR.
Photo of Leo taken by Dave Jarvis
Shuttle, a 2 weeks whitecoat pup, was rescued from Boscastle harbour on 18th October 2013. She was found to have minor puncture wounds and a nose bleed.

Update - After a few days in the hospital, Shuttle was moved to the outside nursery pool due to being very fat. She moulted quickly and is having fun swimming in the nursery pool number 3.

Click here to read Jon Gerrish of Boscastle National Trust´s blog with photos and video of Shuttle´s rescue by the BDMLR.

Photo below was taken by Jon Gerrish.
Halley, a 3 days old whitecoat pup, was rescued on 19th October 2013 by members of the BMDLR by abseiling a cliff.

Dan and Jess, part of the Animal Care Team, were there to help! Halley still has umbilicus so is very young, and very underweight! Click here to read about Halley´s amazing rescue on the Cornwall Seal Group´s website.

Photo below of Halley was taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group.
Halley - photo by Sue Sayer
Miranda, a two weeks old whitecoat pup, was rescued from Portherras, Pendeen on 19th October 2013, there was no sign of her Mum. She had a severe swollen rear flipper.

Update - Miranda is doing well, her flipper is being cleaned daily and hopefully will heal quickly. It´s quite swollen! This pup is another fairly feisty female! Miranda is currently in hospital pen number 4.
Galaxy, a two weeks old whitecoat pup, was rescued from Boscastle harbour on 20th October 2013. There was no sign of Mum. She had a few small puncture wounds on her body and flippers.

Update - Galaxy is pretty feisty girl! She is currently on a course of antibiotics for her wounds. Galaxy is starting to moult and loving having a swim in her hospital pen number 3. Members of the Animal Care Team are helping her to eat fish until she learns for herself. Galaxy is a very pretty seal pup.
Crater was rescued from Porthkidney beach on 23rd October 2013. The pup had two deep wounds on his lower abdomen as well as deep wounds to his shoulder and flippers.

Update - Such bad wounds, it is amazing Crater is still alive! Despite his wounds he is fiesty and alert. His wounds are being cleaned and will heal slowly. The Animal Care Team do not know the cause of the wounds. The pup is doing so well considering!

Photo below of Crater was taken by Tim Bain of the BDMLR and CSG.
Orion, 6 weeks old pup, was rescued from Hawker´s Cove near Padstow on 26th October 2013. The pup was found to have open wounds to the rear flippers and left hand side of his body.
Solar (photo below), 5 weeks old pup, was rescued from Newlyn Green on 27th October 2013. He was found to be malnourished with minor wounds to all his flippers.
Here is an update on the other pups which were rescued in September 2013.
Aurora is doing really well and has fully moulted. She is currently in the outside nursery pool 2 with Eclipse and Mars. She´s eating fish whole and will be moved into the convalescence soon. Aurora and Eclipse have buddied up! She currently weighs 20kgs.

Mars had been moved down to the outside nursery pool number 2 on the 12th October 2013 because the Animal Care Team had decided since he refused to eat for himself in the hospital he may start to learn from other pups if he moved down.

Unfortunately so far he is ignoring that the other seals exist, and is quite anti-social! Hopefully the two clever girls, Aurora and Eclipse, will show him how it´s done! The Animal Care Team are helping him feed still at the moment. He is noisy and a little of a dumb dumb! but a lovely seal. Mars currently weighs 20kgs.

Eclipse is in nursery pool number 2 with Aurora and Mars. She is eating really well, lovely spotty and pretty female! Eating fish whole for herself, she will be moved into the convalescence soon for her final stage of rehabilitation! Wounds have healed nicely. Still fiesty!! Eclipse currently weighs 30kgs.

Well what do we say about Milkyway! She has fully moulted now. Noisy, wriggly and just refuses to eat fish for herself! So much so that the Animal Care Team have had to put her on fish soup and give her regular swims. So far no luck! Definitely a unique seal and secretly this is Emma´s (a member of the Animal Care Team) favourite pup!

Sebastian and his friend, resident seal Pumpkin, are like double trouble at the moment! Sebastian will be released back into the wild as soon as the weather calms down! He currently weighs just over 35kgs.
For the next few months members of the animal care team will be looking after the sick and injured seal pups needing 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.
Adopt a Pup
Each pup at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary can cost up to £1,000+ to rescue, rehabilitate and release.

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.
If you discover an injured seal pup
If you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the BDMLR on 01825 765546.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.

Click here for more details.

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