Smurf - Rescued on 16th January 2007

On Tuesday evening (16th of January 2007) the Sanctuary received a call from the BDMLR with regards to a seal that had been found at Newquay. The report said that the pup had a graze on its back and malnourished. The seal was picked up by Dan (member of the Animal Care Team) and the pup was brought back to the Sanctuary and put into isolation 2. Smurf in the isolation pen - photo was taken by Rachael Vine on 16th January 2007
The pup was weighed and found to be 13 kilos and between 5-6 weeks old. It was very malnourished and dehydrated with a very bad wound on its shoulder. The wound to the shoulder was treated and cleaned, and antibiotics given. The pup was given fluids for the first 24 hours before being moved onto hand feeding of fish. The pup is a little girl and has been named Smurf.
Smurf in the hospital - photo was taken on 3rd February 2007 Update: 3rd February 2007 - Smurf has now been moved in with Pluto; this should encourage Pluto to feed for his self. Unfortunately Smurf is not happy sharing a pen with a seal that is very vocal, and so bit Pluto on the lip. Luckily Pluto is ok, but is now a little quieter. Smurf in the hospital - photo was taken on 3rd February 2007
Hospital Update: 9th February 2007 - Smurf has been moved out of the hospital and down to the common seal pool. She has been growling at the Animal Care Team plus two of the pups were beating up (playfully) one of the Common Seal, who seemed unfazed by what seem to be happening. Smurf's orange flipper tag number is 37.
Hospital Update: 23rd February 2007 - The Animal Care Team weighed Smurf this week and she has put on 3½ kilos. She has now been moved from the common seal pool into the convalescence pool.
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 Smurf along with Rimmer, Flik, Magnet, Chip and Pudey 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.
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