RONNIE - Rescued on 3rd October 2006

Ronnie in the isolation pen in hospital - photo was taken on 3rd October 2006 by Rachael VineOn Tuesday 3rd of October 2006, the Sanctuary was called by a member of the public to say there was a white coated seal on the beach, and its mum had left it. We advised the people not to touch it and that mum would be back soon, as she had properly gone off to feed. An hour later we received a call to say that someone had approached the seal on the rocks and had stroked it on its head. We called on one of our volunteers at Bude to go and pick up the pup and we would meet them half way. Maz and Rachael arrived at the Victoria Pub in Victoria and waited for the arrival of the pup.
When the pup arrived, she was quite sleepy and re-hydration fluids were given in the pub car park. We took her temperature and found it to be a little high, she had a bit of a squint in her eye and had a little bit of umbilical cord still attached. We took little ´Ronnie´, as she has been named, back to the Sanctuary and put her into isolation 3. A full clinical assessment revealed that she was only 2 or 3 days old, underweight at 11.5kilos and had an ulcerated eye. Ronnie continues to improve on a daily basis.Ronnie in the isolation pen in hospital - photo was taken on 6th October 2006 by Rachael Vine
Ronnie moved into the main hospital - photo was taken on 10th October 2006 by Rachael VineHospital update - Ronnie was moved through to the main hospital at about 4pm on 10th of October 2006. Ronnie did nothing but moan and complain for the next 3 hours. She is still sporting her green coat.Ronnie moved into the main hospital - photo was taken on 10th October 2006 by Rachael Vine
Hospital update: 27th October 2006 - Ronnie is being force fed fish, is doing well and has started to moult heavily. She has had the final worming and been flipper tagged (orange 02). Ronnie in the  hospital - photo was taken on 27th October 2006 by Rachael Vine
Hospital update: 10th November 2006 - Ronnie has been moved down to the nursery pools. She is having a few problems feeding and is having to be hand fed by the Animal Care Team; Ronnie hangs off them during feeding.
Ronnie in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 29th December 2006Hospital update: 8th December 2006 - Ronnie is now in the convalescence pool.

Update: 31st December 2006 - These photos of Ronnie were taken on Saturday 30th of December 2006 in the convalescence pool.
Ronnie in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006
Update: 19th January 2007 - The Animal Care Team went into the convalescence pool with the cage and scales this week, Ronnie along with Roo, Magnet, Pebbles and Daisy have all reached 40 kilos and should be released back into the wild once we get some nice weather.
Roo, Ronnie, Gnasher, Penfold and Daisy in the trailer - Photo was taken by Rachael VineUpdate: 4th February 2007 - Ronnie was released back into the wild on the 22nd of January 2007 along with Roo, Daisy, Gnasher and Penfold at Porthtowan. Ronnie - Photo was taken by Rachael Vine
Update - 30th May 2013 : Ronnie was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 23rd March 2013 by members* of the Cornwall Seal Group.
*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.

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