News Update for November 2008

Rescued Seal Pups for 2008/9

All four of our rescued common seal pups are progressing well through the stages of rehabilitation. Earlier this month we had four rescued seal grey pups:-
Sean (Connery)Sean (Connery), a grey seal pup, was brought to us by the SSPCA on 31st October 2008 after they had been made aware of it being alone on a beach in Machrahanish. In the wild a grey seal would be with its mother for approximately 3 weeks before she leaves it to fend for itself. In this time she would feed the pup up until it weighed roughly 40kg. In the case of this pup, we suspect that it has left its mother but been unable to feed itself so has lost a considerable amount of weight. His approximate age on arrival was between 3 - 4 weeks old and weighed 14.5kg.
As Sean would no longer have been on its mother's milk, he has already started to get weaned on to fish and we are feeding him small slices of herring. Over the next few weeks the size of the slices will be increased until he takes whole herring and then he will be moved to the weaning pool area before being taken outside to the pool prior to release.
Honor (Blackman), a grey seal pup, was brought to us on 3rd November 2008 after it has been spotted alone on a beach in the Isle of Barra. In the wild a grey seal would be with its mother for approximately 3 weeks before she leaves it to fend for itself. In this time she would feed the pup up until it weighed roughly 40kg. His approximate age on arrival was between 4 - 5 weeks old and weighed 14.2kg.
In the case of Honor, she has left her mother and been unable to look after herself. After washing up on the beach birds have attacked her and she has lost her right eye. The vet has already looked at her and a decision will be made about the eye and its treatment. We are still confident that she can be released.Honor (Blackman)
As Honor would no longer have been on its mother's milk she has already started to get weaned on to fish and we are feeding her small slices of herring. Over the next few weeks the size of the slices will be increased until she takes whole herring and then he will be moved to the weaning pool area before being put outside prior to release.
Daniel (Craig)Daniel (Craig), a grey seal pup, was brought to us by the SSPCA on 7th November 2008 after it had been picked up by members of staff at the local golf club in Machrahanish. The pup had been going for a wander along the main road and so for its safety they took back to the course. His approximate age on arrival was between 3 - 4 weeks old and weighed 11.4kg. This pup would have already left its mother as it now longer has its white coat; however, it is very skinny and has not been able to look after itself as it should weigh roughly 40kg by now.
As Daniel would no longer have been on its mothers milk he has already started to get weaned on to fish and we are feeding him small slices of herring. Over the next few weeks the size of the slices will be increased until he takes whole herring and then he will be moved to the weaning pool area before being put outside prior to release.
Ursula (Andress), a grey seal pup, was brought to us by the SSPCA on 12th November 2008 after they had been made aware of it being alone. In the wild a grey seal would be with its mother for approximately 3 weeks before she leaves it to fend for itself. In this time she would feed the pup up until it weighed roughly 40kg. In the case of this pup, we suspect that it has left its mother but been unable to feed itself so has lost a considerable amount of weight.

Her approximate age on arrival was between 3 - 4 weeks old and weighed 11kg and was found at Inver near Tain.
Ursula (Andress)
As Ursula would no longer have been on its mothers milk he has already started to get weaned on to fish and we are feeding him small slices of herring. Over the next few weeks the size of the slices will be increased until he takes whole herring and then he will be moved to the weaning pool area before being put outside prior to release.
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