Scabbers was rescued on 29th October 2009
We received a call from a member of the public on 29th October 2009 about a seal that was in trouble at Gwithian. As we have a member of the team living in that area we called him to go and check it out. On the beach Dan found the pup to be in a pretty bad way with signs of injury and the decision was made to bring the seal to the Sanctuary as he was on his way to work.

Back at the Sanctuary the pup was put into isolation number 3 pen and given a full clinical assessment. The pup weighed in at 25 kilos and was around 4 weeks old. The pup has two broken digits on his back flippers a swollen right flipper and ulcers to his mouth. The pup will need surgery to remove the broken digits when he is feeling better and has been named Scabbers.
Scabbers Update: This photo of Scabbers was taken on Friday 6th November 2009 in the hospital.    Click here to see further photos.
Update: 8th November 2009 - Scabbers who had a broken bone just at the end of one of flippers had to have minor surgery to remove the bone. This was successfully done and Scabbers was a brave boy who was awake while the vet did it.

At the moment he has also got a little bit of an upset tummy, so has started a course of treatment and should feel better in a few days. The bucket of water in the picture is so he can get used to fish being in water and learning how to feed.
Scabbers Update: 20th November 2009 - Scabbers is another one who has to be encouraged into the water to feed, but once in the water he loves it.

Update: 27th November 2009 - Scabbers is now in water and has been moved into hospital pen 4, this gives him a bit more room for swimming.
Scabbers's flipper tag number is 09 (light blue).
Update: 21st December 2009 - Scabbers is in nursery pool 1 with Hermione and Skeeter. Scabbers has taken a shine to little Hermione and he goes along gives her a little nudge with his flipper to push her in the water so she will play.

Update: 2nd January 2010 - Scabbers weighs 31.5 kilos, is doing well and
eating most of the fish.

Update - Scabbers along with Deadley Nightshade, Mezerow, Woundwort and Skeeter were released back into the wild on 22nd January 2010 at Gwithian.
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