PEBBLES - Rescued on 8th October 2006

The Sanctuary received a call on Sunday morning 8th October 2006 about a pup on Gwithian beach that needed help. The caller said it was a white coat and was moving across the beach towards the Red River. The Sanctuary called Rachael at home and the BDMLR and both headed out to the beaches.

Rachael was first on the scene and called the Sanctuary straight away to confirm it was a white coat and to be a week or so old. Rachael was met on the beach by Dave who had brought a cage along to transport the pup in back to the Sanctuary.
Pebbles on Gwithian beach  - photo was taken on 8th October 2006 by Dave Jarvis of BDMLR
Pebbles in the isolation pen in the hospital - photo was taken on 9th October 2006 by Rachael VineThe pup was put into isolation 3 and gave it an examination. The seal was a little girl and was named Pebbles and was around 10 days to 2 weeks old. She weighed around 20 kilos and was a little dehydrated.

Pebbles was given fluids for the first 24 hours, and will move on to multi milk, but will soon be put on to fish soup. Pebbles is on a course of antibiotics as a precaution.
Hospital Update: 27th October 2006 - Pebbles has now finally moulted and being force fed fish, she is very bright and receiving eye drops, hopefully in the water by the end of week. However, on 25th October 2006 we had another call about a pup that needed help, so we had to move Pebbles from hospital 4 down in to the outside nursery pool 2 to join Roo and Koko. Pebbles, had just finished her eye treatment and was happy feeding by herself, she seems unfazed by the suddened move, and is doing well.

Hospital Update: 17th November 2006 - Pebbles was moved into the convalescent pool and settled in straight aways. She can been seen at feeding times rushing around the pool catching fish.
Pebbles´ orange flipper tag number is 04.
Pebbles in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006 Update: 31st December 2006 - These photos of Pebbles were taken on 30th December 2006 in the convalescent pool. Pebbles in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006
All the seal pups were keen to leave the trailer -  photo was taken by Rachael Vine Update: 19th January 2007 - The Animal Care Team went into the convalescent pool with the cage and scales this week, Pebbles along with Roo, Ronnie, Magnet and Daisy have all reached 40 kilos and should be released back into the wild once we get some nice weather.

Update: 16th March 2007 - Pebbles was released back into the wild on the 12th of March 2007 along with Dory, Taz, Baloo and Lilo at Porthtowan.
Update: 3rd October 2017 - Pebbles was spotted at local haul-outs around the coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT)* on the following dates:-

30th October 2007, 18th November 2007, 23rd August 2008, 10th September 2008, 4th, 5th & 9th October 2008, 28th December 2008, 24th January 2009, 30th & 31st January 2009, 25th March 2009, 2nd April 2009, 30th April 2009, 28th May 2009,
This photo of Pebbles was taken on 28th May 2009 by Sue Sayer of
9th & 29th October 2009, 28th December 2009, 11th March 2010, 4th September 2010, 19th January 2011, 19th & 21st February 2011, 17th March 2010, 6th March 2011, 18th April 2011, 6th May 2011, 5th September 2011, 7th October 2011, 7th & 26th January 2012, 17th March 2012, 30th August 2012, 12th April 2013, 31st March 2014, 3rd April 2014,
Pebbles8th September 2014, 10th October 2014, 26th February 2015, 17th, 24th & 28th September 2015, 23rd November 2015, 9th & 23rd March 2017, 17th June 2017, 10th & 25th July 2017, 27th August 2017 and 21st September 2017.

Photo left was taken by Sue Sayer of the CSGRT on 17th March 2010.
*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.