Rubeus Hagrid was rescued on 23rd September 2009
The Sanctuary received a call from a member of the public about a seal that needed our help at Soapy Bay near Mullion on Wednesday 23rd September 2009.

Dan, a member of our Animal Care Team, headed out with one of our volunteers and the seal rescue kit. On the beach Dan found a white coated seal pup around 10 days old with an infection in its rear flippers.

With no sign of its mother, the pup was brought back to the Sanctuary.
Rubeus Hagrid
Once back at the hospital the pup was put into isolation pen number two and its clinical assessment started, the wounds were cleaned and treated and a course of antibiotics started, this would start to fight the infection and bring its temperature down.
The little seal is a boy and has been named Rubeus Hagrid.
Rubeus Hagrid Update: 24th September 2009 - Rubeus is doing well, his temperature has now come down a little bit and he is feeling better, we know this as he is very feisty in his pen and when the Animal Care Team.

Update: 1st October 2009 - Rubeus has now been moved through from isolation to the main hospital. He has now started to moult his white fluffy coat and is leaving fur all over the pen.
Update: 10th October 2009 - Rubeus along with Dudley have now been moved down to the outside nursery pool 2. Both are looking very fat, but a little disinterested in the fish at feeding time, hopefully they will get the hang of it.   Rubeus's flipper tag number is 01 (light blue).

Update: 21st October 2009 - Click here to see photos of Rubeus in the nursery pool taken by Andrew Heron who visited the sanctuary on 20th October 2009.
Rubeus Hagrid
Rubeus Hagrid Update: 8th November 2009 - This photo of Rubeus was taken on 6th November 2009 in the outside nursery pool.    Click here to see further photos.

Rebeus is in nursery pool two, he is now feeding on whole fish and putting on weight. His rehabilitation is going well and should put on enough weight in the next few weeks to then move into the convalescent pool.
Update: 20th November 2009 - This week Rubeus along with Dudley were moved into the Convalescent Pool, both look to tiny to be in the big pool, but lucky none of the residents are picking on them these, two are sticking together and if one wanders off too far then the one left behind will yell to find out where the other one has gone.

Update: 1st March 2010 - Rebeus along with Molly and Pigwidgeon were released back into the wild on 11th February 2010 at Gunwalloe.
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