News Update for June 2008
Rescued pups for 2008/9
(Bonnie Prince) Charlie (right), a common seal pup, was brought to us by the SSPCA on 3rd June 2008, only about 2 - 3 days olds. The SSPCA were made aware of her being alone and monitored her to see if her mother was around on a beach in Inverness. After a while it was clear that Charlie's mother was not returning we suspect that this is because Charlie was a premature pup. When she first arrived here Charlie was so small that she was difficult to sex and so was originally thought to be a boy, hence the name which has now stuck. Charlie, rescued seal common pup
Being such a young seal, Charlie would have still been on her mother's milk. So we will be feeding her a special milk formula every few hours for the next couple of weeks. Then she will be moved on to fish and get a chance to swim in the weaning pool before being moved outside and eventually returned back to the wild.    Click here to watch a short video of Charlie being tube-fed with a special milk formula on 7th of June 2008 in the main hospital.
Mary (Queen of Scots), a common seal pup, was brought to us by the SSPCA on 23rd June 2008. The SSPCA were made aware of her being alone and monitored her to see if her mother was around on the beach in Arisaig. After watching for a while it was clear that she wasn't going to return and Mary had been abandoned. This sparked her rescue, and she has been brought here to the sanctuary to be cared for by us. She was only 2 - 3 days old when she arrived. Being such a young seal Mary would have still been on her mother's milk. So we will be feeding her a special milk formula every few hours for the next couple of weeks. Then she will be moved on to fish and get a chance to swim in the weaning pool before being moved outside and eventually returned back to the wild.
Flora (MacDonald), a common seal pup, was rescued on the grounds of the sanctuary. She was seen with her mother in the afternoon of the 25th June 2008. Unfortunately, Flora's mother then disappeared and staff here monitored Flora for over 24 hours hoping that her mother would return. After this time it was apparent that her mother had been scared off and Flora was brought into the sanctuary late on the 26th June 2008. She has no visible wounds and her condition is generally good. After the initial re-hydration, we will be feeding her a special milk formula every few hours for the next couple of weeks. Then she will be moved on to fish and get a chance to swim in the weaning pool before being moved outside and eventually returned back to the wild. She was only 5 - 7 days old on arrival.
Rescued pups for 2007/8
PC PlumPC Plum, our rescued seal pup, is in the outside seal encounter's pool and will be released back into the wild soon.PC Plum
BrockBrock has had to be brought back in to the hospital as he is undergoing medical treatment. He arrived here weighing 16kg and now weighs a healthier 21kg. To ensure he receives his medication and none of the other seals do, he has been put into the weaning pool until the course of treatment has finished. When he is feeling better, he will be taken outside again and will be back on course for being released soon. These photos of Brock were taken on 7th June 2008 in the outdoor seal encounters' pool.Brock
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