British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2007-06-17 15:27:42

BDMLR highland Seal Hospital first arrival

The first pup to arrive at the unit is Angus a premature common seal pup. He came in on 17th at 11pm from Loch Moidart on the Isle of Skye. A group of school kids were out kayaking as part of an out-door adventure trip.They spotted the pup struggling to swim out on the loch, when no one could see any signs of a mothers presence the put the pup in a canoe and brought him to shore. He was clearly struggling to swim and in distress. Angus then travelled with the children on the school bus to Fort William from there he was brought to us by SSPCA inspector Gill. He spent a totol of 6 1/2 hours in transit. The assesment showed that he weighed in at 5.6kg, was approx 1 day old as he had a fresh umbilicus. Angus has a very long and fluffy coat indicating that he was born premature. (Common seals normally shed their 'white' coat before they are born).

He was very flat but did perk up quickly. Angus also has some small grazes on his front flippers and a small graze on his underside so he has been on land at some point. Angus is feeding 5 times a day currently as he is so young. He is bright and alert and often very vocal. Angus is as cute as he looks and very gentle.

Jamie Dyer
BDMLR Seal Unit Manager/NW Highland Coordinator