First Pup of the 2006/2007 Rescue Season

On Sunday 3rd September 2006, in the middle of the afternoon, the Seal Sanctuary received a phone call from a member of the public about a baby seal that was on the beach at Mullion Cove on the Lizard. Tamara gathered up the rescue kit and headed out to the beach. Upon arriving Tamara found a white coated pup which appeared to be around a few days old.
Roo, the first pup of season for 2006/7 - Photo taken by Rachael VineThe pup was quickly transported back to the Seal Sanctuary, and put into isolation pen 2, where it was then given a clinical assessment. The clinical showed that the pup was a little boy and around 2 days old. He weighed 11 kilos (which is below birth weight, birth weight would normally be 14 kilos+), he was malnourished and had ulcerated eyes. Roo, the first pup of season for 2006/7 - Photo taken by Rachael Vine
‘Roo’ as he is now called has been given a course of antibiotics and eye drops, as well as the normal aquavits and iron tablets. Because Roo is so young, he will be given a milk substitute, this will be fed through a tube into his stomach every four hours. After a few weeks,
Roo will move onto fish soup, before progressing onto whole fish.
Roo in the main hospital - Photo was taken by Rachael Vine Hospital Update: 22nd September 2006 - Roo is on fish soup now and doing really well. He is also moulting quite heavily and now has little black face and flippers, and is still sucking on his welly.
Hospital Update: 1st October 2006 - Roo has now finished the fish soup and is being force feed fish, this will teach him now to feed. We have also now taken his wellie away and been replacing it with fish tails, so he needs to concentrate on fish. Roo has now lost most of his white hair and all he has left is a white bottom.Roo in the main hospital - photo was taken on 30th September 2006
Roo in the outside nursery pool - photo was taken on 20th October 2006 Hospital Update: 20th October 2006 - Roo has now been moved down to the nursery pools, and is learning to feed himself. Unfortunately he has a very short memory span and has yet to get the hang of it. Roo has had his flipper tagged and this year they are orange and his number is 01.
Hospital Update: 10th November 2006 - Roo is now in the convalescence pool and eating and doing well and weighs 25 kilos.
Roo in the convalescence pool - photo was taken on 30th December 2006 Update: 31st December 2006 - These photos of Roo were taken on Saturday 30th of December 2006 in the convalescence pool. Roo 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, Roo along with Ronnie, 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 - Roo was released back into the wild on the 22nd of January 2007 along with Ronnie, Daisy, Gnasher and Penfold at Porthtowan. Roo and Penfold - photo was taken by Rachael Vine
Update: 22nd April 2012 - Roo was spotted at local haul-outs along the north coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group on 4th February 2007, 5th April 2009, 8th April 2009, 20th April 2009, 23rd April 2009, 26th April 2009, 27th December 2011 and 28th January 2012. Photo right was taken by Sue Sayer a member of the Cornwall Seal Group*. Roo in the wild on 4th February 2007, photo copyright of Sue Sayer
*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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