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Issue 103
December 2014

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Rescued Pups Update for 2014/15
Here is an update of all the seal pups rescued between 26th September and 31st December 2014 by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary with the help of members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team and the Cornwall Seal Group.

Mr Incredible, 6 week old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Porthcurno on the 1st December 2014. He was found to have really deep wounds to the side of his body.
Mr Incredible
Magneto, 6 week old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Porthgwidden in St Ives on the 2nd December 2014 by Richard Morton a member of the BDMLR team.

Richard took the pup by car and met Dave Jarvis, another member of the BDMLR team, in the car park at Wyvale Garden Centre at Lelant where Dave transferred the pup into his car and drove to the Seal Sanctuary. The pup was found to be malnourished.
Magneto
Felix, 3 week old male grey seal pup, was rescued from St Ives harbour during the early hours of 5th December 2014 by Tim Bain a member of the BDMLR team. The pup was found to be malnourished and wounds to his body.

Photo below of Felix courtesy of Tim Bain.
Photo of Felix taken by Tim Bain
Hong Kong Phooey, 6 week old male grey seal pup, from the beach at Cott Valley near St Just on 5th December 2014.

He was found to be malnourished and a few puncture wounds to his body.

Photo below was taken by Siobhan Robinson who had contacted the Seal Sanctuary about this pup.

Siobhan said "I found him at Cott Valley and was so impressed with how quick and efficient both the Seal Sanctuary & Richard from British Divers were!"
Hong Kong Phooey - photo taken by Siobhan Robinson
Daffy, 8-10 week old female grey seal pup, was rescued by Michelle Robinson and Rory Sacree, members of the BDMLR team, from the beach at Duckpool near Bude on 9th December 2014.

The pup was found to be malnourished and wounds to her body. Michelle said "the pup sounded like a walruss when they jumped and tubed her, on the beach, despite her injuries and underweight, think she will be a survivor!"

Photo below was taken by Michelle Robinson.
Photo of Daffy by Michelle Robinson
Spiderman, 6-8 week old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Porthcurno on the 17th December 2014. He was found to have a few minor scuffs to flippers and with a massive abscess on one side of his body.
Spiderman
Odin, 6 week old male grey seal pup, was rescued from St Ives harbour on the 20th December 2014 by Tim Bain, Dave & Lesley Jarvis of the BDMLR team.

The pup was found to be malnourished and very underweight.   Tim said "this pup was very mellow during the rescue but Not all seals are like this".

Photo below was taken by Tim Bain.
Photo of Odin was taken by Tim Bain
Mystique, 6 week old female grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Padstow on the 22nd December 2014. She was found to be malnourished and wounds to her body.
Mystique
Angel, 5 week old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Sennen on the 22nd December 2014. The pup was found to be malnourished.
Angel
Robin, 4 week old male grey seal pup, was rescued from Millendreath beach near Looe on Christmas Eve. This pup was found to be severely malnourished and wounds to his body.
Robin
Iron Man, 3 months old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Pendeen by Richard & Sue, members of the BDMLR and CSG teams, on 24th December 2014. This pup was severely injured by being entangled in approximately nine metres of net.

Whilst on the beach, Richard managed to cut away most of thick netting from around the poor seal pup´s neck.

Click here to read more about this pup. Photo below was taken on 27th December 2014 a few days after Iron Man arrived at the hospital.
Iron Man
Batman, a male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Porthmeor on Christmas Day. He was found to be malnourished.
Batman
Nursery Pools - Atom, Badger, Felix, Ice Man, Magneto, Odin, Phoenix and Spongebobby.
Rehabilitation Pools - Mr Incredible and Flash.
Convalescent Pool - Anastacia, Ariel, Betty Boop, Bruce Wayne, Daffy, Gamora, Hong Kong Phooney, Jubilee, Mickie, Moomin, Olive, Quicksilver, Robbie, Stardust, St Eia, Storm, Superman, Wolverine and Wonder Woman.

A few of the pups are very close to their release weight of 40kgs, this means the Animal Care Team will be checking the tides and weather so there may be a release in January 2015.
Feeding time in the convalescent pool
Not all seals reported need to be rescued, when the Cornish Seal Sanctuary receive a call, members of the Animal Care Team will go out to check, when they are busy, members of the BDMLR will go out and check the pup.
Members of seal sanctuary staff check on a pup
Bolt, a fully moulted male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Praa Sands in the afternoon of 27th December 2014 by Dave & Lesley Jarvis of the BDMLR, the pup had a temperature of 42.8°C on the beach.

As the hospital was full with rescued pups, the pup was brought to the back of seal sanctuary´s hospital car park where the Paul Riley, the local vet from Head & Head in Helston, checked and assessed the seal with the assistance of Amy, Dan and Tamara, members of the Animal Care Team.

The pup was found to have a wheezy chest, weighed 18kgs and the temperature had been reduced to 39.2°C. The pup was taken to a seal pup holding facility which is about 30 minutes drive from the seal sanctuary until a pen was available in the hospital.

Unfortunately on 31st December, as there was still no available pen at the seal sanctuary, a decision was made for the pup to be transported to the RSPCA´s facilities at West Hatch.

Click here to see a collage of photos of Paul Riley from the local Vets checking the pup.
Bolt
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If you discover an injured seal pup
Just like to remind you that 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.
Pup on beach

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