MITE - Rescued 18th August 2005

On Thursday 18th of August 2005, in the afternoon, the Sanctuary received a phone call from a lifeguard at St Agnes about a pup that was on the beach. He reported that the pup was very thin, and had a grey and white coat. With only two members of the Animal Care Team in that day, Maz phoned the BDMLR and asked if they could go out and assess the pup. They reported that the tide was on the way in and a swell was building, meaning that the beach would soon be covered in water, and the pup looked very thin. The decision was made for the pup to be brought back to the Sanctuary. Maz set out to meet the British Divers half way, so she could immediately give the pups fluids by tube.
Mite - Photo was taken by Sue Sayer Mite - Photo was taken by Sue Sayer
Back at the Sanctuary the isolation pen was prepared for the arrival of the new pup. Mite, as she was now called, was taken in to the hospital, and given her clinical assessment. Mite was found to be very underweight for a 3 week old pup, at just 10.5kg. She also had a lot of puncture wounds all over her body. All her wounds were cleaned and sprayed with antibiotics; to help clean up any infection. Her temperature was recorded at a little above normal, and a heat lamp was placed in her pen to help keep in what little body heat she had. Blood was also taken from her and sent to the vet to check for any underlining infections. Mite was then tube fed again before she was left to rest. Maz returned later that evening to check on the seal and do another feed.
Mite - Photo was taken by Sue Sayer Mite - Photo was taken by Sue Sayer
The above photos were taken by Sue Sayer.

Update: 23rd August 2005 - Mite was very quiet over the weekend, but seems to have perked up a bit now. She can be heard making a lot of noise in the hospital.
Update: 12th September 2005 - Mite has now put on one and a half kilos and weight 12kg, she is still under weight, but is really enjoying the fish at meal times (it does not touch the sides).

Update: Photo was taken of Mite on 30th of December 2005 in the convalescent pool.
Photo of Mite was taken on 30th of December 2005 in the convalescent pool by Joyce
Update: 23rd January 2006 - Mite wearing hat tag number 02 was released back into the wild today along with Thatcher (wearing hat number 03), 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.
Pumpkin, Mite, Skinner and Thatcher  - photo was taken by Camilla ErikssonSeals released back into the wild - photo was taken by Rachael Vine