Kitto - Arrived on 18th October 2007
On Thursday 18th October 2007, the Seal Sanctuary received a call from a couple in Bude, who were concerned about a seal that was in trouble. Tamara got together the rescue kit and cage and headed out. On her arrival she found a very large pup, which was lying in the middle of the beach, but due to the amount of people crowding around it and it's wounds, Tamara decided to take it back to the Sanctuary. Kitto, the second seal pup of the season for 2007/8
The pup was then put in to isolation 2 and given a clinical assessment. The pup was dehydrated and had a high temperature, plus puncture wounds to its front left flippers. These were cleaned and treated with an antibiotic spray, the pup was also given a course of antibiotics, pain relief and multivitamins. The pup is quite big at 27 kilos and about 2 weeks old, as it is a little boy, we have named him 'Kitto' which is Cornish for Christopher.
Hospital Update: 26th October 2007 - Kitto has now fully moulted and is doing well at feeding himself.

Update: 23rd November 2007 - Kitto along with Digory have been moved down to the outside nursery pool. His flipper tag number is 003 (yellow).
Kitto in the convalescent pool - photo was taken on 27th December 2007 Update: 14th December 2007 - Kitto along with Mina, Nessa and Hocken are now in the outside convalescent pool.

Update: 31st December 2007 - These photos of Kitto were taken on Thursday 27th of December 2007 in the convalescent pool.
Kitto in the convalescent pool - photo was taken on 27th December 2007
Seals being released back into the wildUpdate: 8th February 2008 - Kitto was released back into the wild on the 6th of February 2008 along with Mina, Hocken and Twister at Gwithian.

Click here to watch the video of the seal release;
this was filmed by Bernard Gendall.
Seals being released back into the wild
Kitto - photo was taken on 17th February 2008 by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk Update: 12th September 2010 - Kitto was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall by
members of the Cornwall Seal Group on 17th February 2008 and 10th September 2010.

Photo left was taken on 17th February 2008 and photo right on 10th September 2010 by Sue Sayer. Sue is a member of the Cornwall Seal Group who identifies and monitors local seals.
Kitto - photo was taken on 10th September 2009 by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk

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