PUDEY - Rescued on 29th November 2006

On Monday (27th of November 2006) we received a call about a seal that was on the bach near Pothoustock. From the information we received the pup was quiet happy and going in and out of the water. We sent one of our volunteers down to take a look, and they reported that the pup was a good weight, we decided that at this point there was no need for concern, but we would monitor the pup. On Tuesday (28th of November 2006) the pup was doing ok, and we decided we would continue to monitor it. On Wednesday (29th of November 2006) the pup had hauled out and we were receiving more calls from concerned members of the public, so we sent a member of staff down to have a look.
After monitoring it for a few hours, plus a phone call back to the Sanctuary, and a closer look which revealed wounds to both front and rear flippers, the seal was brought back to the Sanctuary and put in to isolation 3 where a clinical assessment was done. This revealed lots of puncture wounds which were cleaned and treated, and ulcers to both eyes. The pup was given fluids and antibiotics, eye drops, and anti inflammatories. The pup is a little girl and weighed 21 kilos and is around 2 weeks old, she is in mid moult and has been named Pudey. Photo of Pudey was taken on 1st December 2006 by Rachael Vine
Pudey in the nursery pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006Hospital Update: 15th December 2006 - Pudey was moved out of the hospital and is now in the nursery pool.

Update: 31st December 2006 - These photos of Pudey were taken on Saturday 30th of December 2006 in the nursery pool. Her orange flipper tag number is 18.
Pudey in the nursery pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006
Pudey in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 3rd February 2007 Update: 7th February 2007 - These photos of Pudey were taken on 3rd of February 2007 in the convalescence pool. Pudey in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 3rd February 2007
Update: 13th May 2007 - With the tides right on the morning of Tuesday 8th of May 2007, we decided it was time to release a few more seals back into the wild. At 8am, we loaded up Pudey along with Rimmer, Flik, Magnet, Smurf and Chip and took them for the 10 minute drive to the release site. The surf was a little higher than we expected, but the excitement coming from the seals in the trailer meant it was time to say goodbye. We lowered the trailer door down and with little hesitation, the open sea called and they were off flopping down the beach and into the water.
Click on this link to watch the video of the release.

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