TUSKER - Rescued on 3rd October 2005

Tusker, rescued seal pup - photo was taken by Dan JarvisTusker was rescued on the 3rd of October 2005 by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Coordinators Dave Jarvis and Tim Bain who were alerted to her by the Wildlife Trust after he had been spotted on Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes. Tusker was squinting in one eye with thick discharge seen coming from the eye. Due to the severity of the injury, Dave and Tim took Tusker straight to the sanctuary´s vet, Paul Riley, who examined the eye and prescribed pain relief, antibiotics and eye drops.
Now back at the sanctuary, Tusker has now been introduced to fish and his wounds are healing. With the typical eye treatment, his eye is starting to open up but the eye does appear to be damaged and the animal care team must be patient to see if Tusker´s eye can be saved.Tusker, rescued seal pup - photo was taken by Margaret Dunn
Photo of Tusker was taken on 30th of December 2005 in the convalescence pool by JoyceUpdate: 28th October 2005 - Tusker´s eye infection has now cleared up and on 7th October was introduced to water as part of the next stage of rehabilitation.

Update: Photo was taken of Tusker on 30th of December 2005 in the convalescence pool.
Update: Photo was taken of Tusker on 26th of February 2006 underwater in the convalescence pool.

Tusker´s flipper (light green) tag number is 05.
Photo of Tusker was taken on 26th of February 2006 underwater in the convalescence pool
Photo of Tusker - Copyright of Simon Bone - www.cornishseals.co.ukUpdate: 5th April 2006 - On 5th of April 2006, Tusker, along with Hobson, Amber and Josh, were loaded into the trailer and taken by the animal care team down to Gwithian for their release back into the wild.

Unfortunately due to the amount of people on the beach, this release was not as successful as the previous one earlier that day at Church Cove.
All four seals came out of the trailer saw the large amount of people on the beach and dived back under the land rover. After some coxing they finally came out from under the land rover and headed out to sea. Tusker is wearing hat tag H4.


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