|NOEL - Arrived on 22nd December 2004 |
Noel came to us through the vet practice at Portree in Skye. Local fishermen watched him and despite their efforts, it was a whole week before they were able to catch him. Not only was he underweight and suffering from lungworm, he had a large elastic band right round his neck. The Portree vet removed the elastic band, diagnosed his lungworm burden and administered fluid therapy for 24 hours.
|On his arrival at the sanctuary, he started on medication to treat for the worms, as well as antibiotics to counteract infection in the neck wound. Noel is another easygoing pup that took to feeding for himself very quickly and now is ready to move with Dusty into the weaning pool.
|Update April 2005
|Noel along with Dusty and Holly, three common pups, arrived into the sanctuary during the wintertime with bad health problems, primarily lungworm. Winter common pups are always more of a challenge because they are not straightforward motherless babies. They are seals that need healing and they have the added difficulty of being far more aggressive due to having been wild with two to three months independent from their mothers. This is apparent when they are outside in the adult pools. They all showed little interest in humans unless there was herring on offer, and they all got to their target weight by the Easter Holidays. |
On the 14th of April 2005 dawned a glorious spring day and the animal care staff set off for the release site two hours drive from the sanctuary. Noel was straight out of his transport box as soon as he hit the shore and he made for the middle of the Loch, never even glancing back to check for the girls (Dusty and Holly).
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