Malcolmina - Arrived on 11th October 2007
On Thursday 11th of October 2007, the Seal Sanctuary received a call from Tim (a member of the BDMLR) about a pup on the beach at Porthminster, St Ives. The pup had been disturbed by the public, and was also looked malnourished. Clare and one of the volunteers here at the Sanctuary, grabbed the rescue kit and cage and headed out to St Ives. When Clare arrived the pup was resting on a ledge, but was very thin and dehydrated. Clare gave the pup fluids and decided to bring the pup in.
On arriving at the Sanctuary, the pup was put in to isolation and a clinical assessment given. The pup had no injuries but was underweight at 11.5 kilos, and around 2½ weeks old and just going through her moult. The pup was given fluids for the first 24 hours, and was then given fish heads and tails to see if she would feed her self, there were no problems with her feeding. The pup is a little girl and has been named Malcolmina after our Site Foreman who last Thursday turned 65. Malcolmina, the first seal pup of the season for 2007/8
Hospital Update: 17th October 2007 - Mina was weighed and over the last six days has put on 1 kilo and has now been moved in to our main hospital.

Hospital Update: 26th October 2007 - Mina is now in the water. She is still trying to get use to this idea, as her bottom seems to spend most of the time in the air. Mina has also to remember to close her nose when she dives. Fish is also providing to be uncooperative as it keeps getting stuck under her plastic bucket.
Mina in the nursery pool - photo was taken on 24th November 2007 Hospital Update: 13th November 2007 - On Friday 9th of November 2007 Mina along with Hocken were moved down to the outside nursery pool No. 1. Mina is finally quiet (not sure how long this will last). Her yellow flipper tag number is 002.

Update: 26th November 2007 - These photos of Mina were taken on Saturday 24th of November 2007 in the nursery pool.
Mina in the nursery pool - photo was taken on 24th November 2007
Mina in the convalescent pool - photo was taken on 27th December 2007Update: 14th December 2007 - Mina along with Nessa, Kitto and Hocken are now in the outside convalescent pool and all feeding well.

Update: 31st December 2007 - These photos of Mina were taken on 27th of December 2007 in the convalescent pool.
Mina in the convalescent pool - photo was taken on 27th December 2007
Update: 20th January 2008 - Mina has been weighed and is over 40 kilos; we are waiting for nice weather so she can be released back into the wild. She also loved the camera crew being in and kept swimming passed them, making sure they got her on tape.
Seals being released back into the wildUpdate: 8th February 2008 - Mina was released back into the wild on the 6th of February 2008 along with Kitto, 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
Mina - photo was taken on 17th February 2008 by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk Update: 17th February 2008 - Mina was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall by Sue Sayer on 17th February 2008. (Sue is a member of the Cornwall Seal Group who identifies and monitors local seals).

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