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


2005-10-19 11:19:53

North Cornwall pup rescue

It has been a busy week for the Cornwall team with three pups being rescued in the space of two days. The first came from Crackington Haven, [click to enlarge image] near Boscastle, on the North East coast of the County. A member of the public made a call to the National Seal Sanctuary, who in turn contacted BDMLR and asked them to take a look. Initially, Chris Bolton from the North Cornwall group attended, whilst West Cornwall Coordinator Dave Jarvis (who happened to be in Wadebridge) made his way to the scene. Upon arrival, Dave immediately requested the attendance of Coordinator Tim Bain and Medic Phil Jarvis to drive up with a cage to transport it back to the Sanctuary, having advised them that the animal would be coming in to them.

The pup was found at the top of the beach, far away from the sea, and was not in good condition. It was malnourished, dehydrated, and with an injury to one of its foreflippers. Whilst on the beach it was tube fed fluids and the temperature taken, which was found to be low. Due to this, the long distance it needed to be transported and the time of day, it was agreed that Medic/veterinarian Mike King and Medic/vet nurse Jenny Haley of Duchy Vets at Newquay would hold it overnight ready for the trip on to the Sanctuary in the morning. The next day, a member of the Animal Care Team collected the pup and brought it back to the Sanctuary to begin rehabilitation, where it was named Guinness.

We would like to thank Wilbur and Brooke; the staff at Coombe Barton Inn for the refreshments, and the residents and children of Crackington Haven for their help and support during the incident.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall
(Newquay - Land's End - St Austell)

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