THATCHER - Rescued on 20th October 2005

Thatcher was rescued by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team (BDMLR) from Cape Cornwall on the 20th of October 2005, he was about 2 - 3 weeks old and weighed 15kgs. The pup which had been caught in netting was found to be malnourished with puncture wounds to rear flippers, poorly left eye and a nasty injury to his mouth. Thatcher photo was taken by Dan Jarvis
Thatcher photo was taken by Dan JarvisAt the moment he has to be force fed and is being treated with Antibiotics and pain relief. Thatcher was found caught in netting, which has caused a nasty injury to his mouth, he has a heat lamp on him as he is very skinny.
Update: This photo of Thatcher was taken on 30th December 2005 in the convalescence pool.Photo of Thatcher was taken on 30th of December 2005 in the convalescence pool by Joyce
Pumpkin, Mite, Skinner and Thatcher  - photo was taken by Camilla ErikssonUpdate: 23rd January 2006 - Thatcher (wearing hat tag number 03) was released back into the wild today along with Mite (wearing hat number 02), Skinner (tag number 04) and Pumpkin. All were easily put into the cage at the Sanctuary and quite happily came out of the cage straight in to the trailer.
On arriving at the beach, the Sanctuary staff were met by a film crew from BBC Seaside Rescue who were on the beach the day Mite was rescued and were now joining us for her release.
Thatcher was first out and headed straight for the water without looking back, the other three on the other hand took a little persuading. It took the three of them a little while to get their flippers and soon Pumpkin and Skinner headed off towards the sea. Mite on the other hand headed for the stream on the side of the beach but the steam was flowing faster than expected. Mite got in to the steam and rolled over and over down to the waters edge. Mite found his flippers and headed off out around the point. Seals released back into the wild - photo was taken by Rachael Vine

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