RHUBARB - Rescued on 3rd January 2007

The Sanctuary received a telephone call from a member of the public about a seal at Mousehole on Wednesday 3rd of January 2007. Clare headed out with the rescue kit and cage and found the pup on the beach. An assessment revealed that the pup was malnourished and had some wounds so the pup was brought back to Gweek.
The pup was weighed and found to be 16.5 kilos and 10 weeks of age; this pup is underweight for its age. The pup was given a clinical assessment and wounds to the rear left flipper were cleaned and treated. The clinical assessment also revealed an ulcer to the right eye and a course of antibiotics and eye drops were started. This pup is a little girl and been named Rhubarb.Rhubarb in the isolation pen - photo was taken by Rachael Vine
Hospital Update: 12th January 2007 - Rhubarb was a little bit nervous with all the commotion going on around her, but over the last few days she became a very nosey seal and likes to know everything that is going on. Rhubarb would also follow the team around the hospital when she saw them coming with fish in the hope of an extra meal. Rhubarb has now been moved into hospital pen number 4.
Hospital Update: 19th January 2007 - Rhubarb along with Bambi and Belle have joined Flotsam, Jetsam and Little Ed, our Common Seals, in their enclosure for the moment. They all seem to be enjoying the new bigger pool. However, Flotsam and Jetsam are scared of the new arrivals and are keeping to the other end of the pool. Both are trying to be brave and getting closer to the pups, but are still not confident. Little Ed seems not to have noticed and is still doing hand stands. The pups are having a great time causing chaos, when Flotsam and Jetsam get too close to them, the pups chase them - they think it is great fun.
Hospital Update: 26th February 2007 - It is our sad duty to inform you that Rhubarb has passed away. Rhubarb has been sent for a Post Mortem and we are waiting on the results.

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