On the 14th October 2011 we received a telephone call about a pup in a pretty poor state which needed the help of the team at the Sanctuary.
This pup was found on the beach at Portreath and arrived at the Sanctuary at 11am.
Photo (right) of Hippo was taken by Simon Bone of the BDMLR.
A clinical assessment was carried out by members of the Animal Care Team. The pup was first weighed and found to be around 15kg and 4 weeks old and a little boy, its assessment revealed this pup to be in a poor body condition with several small puncture wounds to flippers and body, but bright and alert was started on a course of antibiotics and vitamins, this pup has been named Hippo.
Click here to see further photos of Hippo in his isolation pen.
Update: 28th October 2011 - Hippo has been moved to the outside nursery pool number 4 but needs to learn to feed for himself.
Update: 23rd November 2011 - Hippo´s flipper tag number is 10 (green).
Update: 1st January 2012 - Photo right of Hippo was taken in the nursery pool number 2 on 28th December 2011. Click here to see further photos.
Update: 28th January 2012 - Hippo is currently in the convalescent pool.
Update: 6th April 2012 - Hippo was returned to the wild on 26th March 2012 at Porthtowan.
Update: 14th May 2012 - Hippo has been spotted in the wild at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 26th April 2012 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group who identifies and monitors seals in the wild.
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