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

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2005-11-14 12:11:37

Montrose team rescue pup after monitoring

13.11.05 Medics Willie Taylor and Peter Taylor observed the seal pup from 22.30hrs - 23.55hrs to see if it would eventually take to the water at High tide. It was clearly happy to stay put for the night so observations continued on 14.11.05.

14.11.05 Medic Andy Dulley arrived on scene at 05.30hrs (ebb tide) and at 08.00hrs called the Area co-ordinator Elaine Roft as he was becoming concerned with the pups breathing. When Medics Elaine Roft, Willie Taylor and Peter Taylor arrived on the beach, the pup had made its way to a rock pool where it proceeded to drink from it. Although still active and bright, there was now thick cream to greenish discharge coming from the eyes and nose, the seal was sneezing and there was blood issue from the tail. The lesions on the seals back and body were now exposed having opened up and were weeping puss which upon further inspection appeared to be bites that had become infected. After communicating with Alexis at SSPCA Middlebank it was decided that it was in the pups best interests to have it uplifted and taken in for rehabilitation. "Rolo" arrived at SSPCA Middlebank at 12.30hrs after being transported down by Medic Paul Horne. He was weighed in at a healthy 31.8kg, and immediately placed on a course of antibiotics. Reference number for "Rolo" was given as 2498.

Many thanks to Medic Jacque Watt for provision of breakfast and a heat at the fireside, All Medics involved, in particular Willie, Peter and Andy for late night and early morning shifts, and to SSPCA staff at Middlebank. Thanks also to BDMLR Vet Cameron McPherson.

Elaine Roft
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Montrose Area Co-ordinator (Inverbervie-Easthaven)