Our first common seal pup of the season has arrived, and to kick off our new name theme of "Foods of the World", this little cutie has been dubbed "Noodles".
Noodles was rescued on 20th May 2018... he is very early as normally we wouldn't start seeing common pups until June. He was only a day old and is premature still sporting his lanugo coat which is normally moulted prior to birth, and apart from a bit of mild congestion and the fact that he had been abandoned he is thankfully a strong pup and is doing well.
Noodles was found in Carlingford Co. Louth by Phil Scott and his friends (from Dundalk Sub Aqua Club) who spotted him in the water and he came swimming towards them calling out. They initially started taking photo's but Phil noticed that he was seriously struggling to swim so they lifted him into the boat and noticed that he still had the fresh umbilical cord attached and no adult seals in sight, and he was shivering with the cold. That's when they called us for help! A big thank you to those who rescued him and who assisted with his transport Aoife Cowzer and Petya Popadiyska. <3
Our managers Sam and Rhi and our interns are exhausted like new parents having to feed the baby around the clock! As he is so tiny and being premature he requires feeds every few hours night and day. But their effort has paid off as he is bright as a button and doing so well! We have started giving him short warm baths to clean him up each day which he absolutely loves.
Another shout out to our supporters BRITA Ireland who we gave the privilege of naming our first summer pup (great choice with Noodles we must say) as they have not only sponsored one our pools for the year, but they have also offered to pay for our educational signage! So very generous, thank you!
Noodles is still in one of our ICU boxes as he is very small and requires close monitoring as premi pups can often decline rapidly and have health issues due to their organs often not being fully developed. So visitors will not be able to see him yet until he grows a little bigger and stronger and is more able to regulate his own body temperature when he can move into a bigger kennel.
Noodles is up for adoption though! Adoptees receive regular PUPdates and photos, and you will be directly helping Noodles through his rehabilitation!
See our website for details and options: