|Mary (Queen of Scots) was rescued on 23rd June 2008|
|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.|
|Update: 26th July 2008 - Here are some photos of Mary taken in the hospital; she is currently being forced fed with small pieces of fish to encourage her to eat them on her own.|
|Update: August 2008 -
Mary is doing well and is happily taken the fish from the hands of the Animal Care Team without them always having to go in the pen with the seal pup.|
We have been having some building work done to the Quarantine area and Weaning Pool and once this has been completed, the pups should get their first swim soon. Mary is itching to meet her neighbour Flora and whenever she sees her being weighed scratches at the glass of her nursery pen to get out and meet her. We are all sure that once they meet each other they will happily play together!
Update: September 2008 - Mary is now ready for the weaning pool as she is taking whole herring with no problems.
Update: October 2008 - Mary is now in the weaning pool area with her new best friend Flora. She is still taking fish by hand for some feeds but for others, the fish are being thrown into the pool for her. This is to encourage Mary to take fish by herself before being moved outside. Mary is the shyest of the pair and often hides under the ramp when people are around.
Update: January 2009 - Mary has been moved to the large pools outside with Flora and Joanne for their final stages of rehabilitation and then release back into the wild.
Update: 1st February 2009 - Mary was released back into the wild along with Flora and Joanne on 29th January 2009.
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