Linda - The First Seal Pup Rescue of the Season
It looked like it was going to be another routine week here at Gweek, with lots of talks and visitors. But on Saturday 4th July 1998, we received a report of a pup on one of the busy beaches at St Agnes.

As Helen drove towards Trevaunance Cove, she still could not believe that a pup could have been born so early in the Summer, but when she reached the beach, there was a female pup surrounded by people, some touching, some stroking it. The Lifeguards had done their best, but they could not stop the people holding her, so we had no choice, but to bring the newborn pup back to the Sanctuary.
The pup was at least three months early for the usual pupping season, but as she weighed 13kg she was not premature.

After initial tube feeding with fluids every 3 hours, we gradually introduced her to fish soup (liquidised fish with added fluids and vitamins), and now she looks forward to her bottle feed every 4 hours.
Linda being bottle fed
Update: 19th July 1998 - Linda is currently being weaned onto whole fish, and is just beginning to gobble them down herself. We will finally be finishing the midnight feeds this week, as Linda now weighs a healthy 15.5kg, and we are looking forward to her putting on weight quickly now she's on solids.

She started using the really aggressive growls that you hear in older seals, so it won´t be long before everyone's counting their fingers after each feed!
Linda calling for food
Linda swimming Update: Linda has been moved down to the nursery Pools. She looks so small in the pool and her first attempts at swimming were interesting. She is still trying to perfect her technique, and uses her front flippers in a kind of ´doggy-paddle´.

She is still hand feeding, and usually ignores fish if they fall out of your hand, or are just lying in the pool.
Linda being hand fed
Linda swimming Update: Linda has finally completed her transition from hand feeding to eating fish thrown in from outside the pool. This is a notoriously slow transition for pups that are bottle fed and they sometimes have to be starved in order to encourage them to feed for themselves.

Linda has been going from strength to strength, and now that she is feeding properly, we can reduce human interaction to pool cleaning only, in preparation for her release.
Linda sitting in pool